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A Life Well Lived

Kendrick Allen Westbrook

October 24, 1925

March 18, 2014

Kendrick Allen Westbrook passed away on March 18th, 2014 with his family by his side. Ken was born in Los Angeles, California on October 24th, 1925 to Duke and Mae Westbrook. He was a WWII veteran who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, but his adventures truly began after the war ended: he was a beloved shop teacher; a hiker, rock climber, mountaineer and scuba diver; a world traveler who rode camels in the Sahara, scaled mountains in Nepal and sailed the Panama Canal; a tenor in the Opera Chorus; a versatile athlete and enthusiastic sports fan; and an avid student of geography, geology, astronomy and biology. He was a true renaissance man who made friends everywhere he went, and he never said no to any new experience. Ken is survived by his dear friend Shirley Westbrook; children Dona, Rene and Chris; brother Frank; grandchildren Alia, Kiel and Annabelle; and an otherwise enormous group of loving family and friends. His motto was "just happy to be here", and his enthusiasm and endless joy for living will be greatly missed.

Join us for a raucous celebration of Ken's life on Saturday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m at Hank and Jo Vanderbeek's home: 650 East Queen Way, Sparks, 775-358-3492. BYOB! Please visit to view and share stories and photos. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made in Ken's name to K.I.N.D.: Kids in Need of Desks (

Published in Reno Gazette-Journal on Mar. 21, 2014
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