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WESTERHEIDE, Judith L. age 73, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2013 at her residence in Bellbrook, Ohio following a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Judy was preceded in death by her parents, Earl and Mildred Hamlin, and her husband, Joseph. She is survived by her son, Mark Westerheide, and his wife, Donna, of Mansfield Texas and her daughters, Linda Loxley, and Lisa Westerheide of Beavercreek, Ohio. She lives on in her family, including her three grandchildren Katherine Westerheide, Erin and Matthew Loxley, her brothers Thomas, Joel, and David Hamlin, her sisters-in-law Ardis Trigg, Shirley and Janice Hamlin, her sisters Carol Brodbeck and Janet Watson, and her brothers-in-law Thomas Brodbeck and David Watson, along with numerous nephews and nieces. Born in Dayton, Ohio on November 4th, 1939 to Earl and Mildred Hamlin, Judy graduated from St. Joe's in Dayton, Ohio and married her husband of forty-seven years, Joseph L. Westerheide. She attended Sinclair Community College and Wright State University, becoming very active in the Miami Valley aerospace defense industry. She most recently worked for Defense Research Associates (DRA) as a security officer/office manager. She also worked for Litton Aerospace Corporation, Systems Research Laboratories, and Enterprise Engineering during her career. She was very active in the National Aerospace and Electronics Conference (NAECON) and especially the Association of Old Crows (AOC), a professional organization that furthers the aims and purposes of Electronic Warfare. She was a member of the Kittyhawk Chapter of the AOC for 35 years. Her passion for her work lives on in the Chapter's "Judy Westerheide Kittyhawk AOC Service Award," dedicated to her honor. She served on the National AOC Board of Directors for 6 years and for 2 years as the National Secretary on the Executive Committee. Judy received the AOC's National Lifetime Achievement Award (the pinnacle of the Associations awards), and a special National AOC Board of Director's award in 2012. Additionally, she owned and managed rental properties serving on the boards of several homeowners associations. Judy's vibrant sense of adventure and feisty personality didn't stop at her professional life. She was an instrument rated airplane pilot (IFR) who flew her own plane, a Cessna 172-N9292H, for over 25 years. She was an active member of the Ninety Nines Association of Women Pilots-All Ohio Chapter and a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association. Now she is flying again with her husband Joe in the "unrestricted confines" of heaven. A good friend and avid entertainer, Judy enjoyed throwing parties, playing cards, and cooking for her loved ones. She always looked her best and enjoyed spending time at her condo in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. She was a parishioner at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Her family and friends will miss her dearly, while always remembering her fondly. It was an indescribable privilege to have her in their lives. The family wishes to thank the doctors and caring nurses of Hospice of Dayton. Friends and family will be welcome at the Tobias Funeral Home, 3970 Dayton Xenia Road, Beavercreek on Monday, May 20 from 4:00 to 8:00 pm. There will also be a viewing at the H.J. Hogenkamp Sons Funeral Home, 61 South Hanover Street, Minster, Ohio 45865 on Tuesday, May 21 from 9:00 to 10:30 am followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am at St. Augustine Catholic Church, 48 North Hanover Street, Minister, Ohio 45865, Father Tom Schmidt celebrant. Interment St. Augustine Cemetery. Condolences for the family can be made at www.tobiasfuneralhome.com

Published by Dayton Daily News from May 18 to May 19, 2013.
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We have done work for Judy in her home and properties for over 25 years. She treated us like friends and guests instead of service workers. Judy always had a Blue Moon beer available to us when we were done with our work. Not the best thing at 9 AM in the morning but that was Judy. We will really miss this wonderful lady.
Mike Burger
May 22, 2013
God speed Judy. You have been a great friend to Gloria and I for many years.
Our condolences to Judy's family. We know that you will miss her but you can be proud that her life had a wonderful impact on all of us who knew her.
Gloria & Bill Radlinger
May 20, 2013
Linda, Lisa & Mark:
It is difficult to put into words the very special friendship and relationship that I had with Judy. We both shared the loss of our spouses in 2006 and met at Hospice in the Berevement sessions. We developed a close friendship and shared so much for the past 7 years and I will truely miss her. My condolenses to you and the family for your loss. May God give you and the extended family strength at this difficult time.
Joy Goldstein
May 19, 2013
Judy will be sorely missed! She was always helpful and meticulous, and an inspiration. Good traveling, Judy!

Dottie and Elton Sherman
May 19, 2013
Judy continues to serve as a role model for the over 13,000 members of the international AOC "Old Crows" EW association who have benefited from her tireless efforts on our behalf. She impressed us with her ability to seemingly put 100% into everything she did ... and we knew that she was involved in many activities. An untiring and unselfish mentor, she will be missed by her many friends, but she will not be forgotten. On behalf of the international AOC, I would like to extend our condolences to Judy's family and friends, as well as take this opportunity to express our appreciation for everything she has done for us.

Lt General (Ret) Robert Elder
President, Association of Old Crows
Robert Elder
May 18, 2013
As Executive Director of the Association of Old Crows, it was my privilege to work with Judy for several years. I observed that she made everyone around her feel like they were the most important people in the world. What a rare gift. My wife Cindy and I send our love to her family.
Don Richetti
May 18, 2013
Mark, Linda & Lisa, We are so very sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ida Mae & Patty
May 18, 2013
I will miss my "Aunt Judy" very much. She has always been such an amazing women who I admired since I was a young girl. I am keeping her and her family in my thoughts and prayers. She's in a healthy place now and she will be missed very much.
Pam Heinrich
May 17, 2013
To Mark and the entire Westerheide Family - I am so sorry for your loss. From what Mark has said about his Mom... what an amazing woman!
Meda Bourland
May 17, 2013
Judy was one of our dearest friends - a true BFF. I met nearly 30 years ago working on AOC activities. Judy was always the first to ask if she could help you on any project you were doing; and what a great organizer - the best ever. She knew every one that could further make things easier. Rebecca and I will sorely miss what we had with Judy; friends like her only come along once in a life time.
Ray and Rebecca Trimmer
May 17, 2013
I worked with Judy for 4 years at DRA. For two of those years she was my boss. (She would tell me that she wasn't anyone's boss, she was a co-worker) Dave and I will really miss her, but take comfort in knowing that she is no longer in pain and with her loved ones that have gone before her.
Lisa Coates
May 17, 2013
I worked with Judy at DRA for 9 years. I will miss her very much.
Our thought and prayers are with her family at this sad time.
Suzanne & Bill Hutchison
Suzanne Hutchison
May 17, 2013
Our condolences to the Westerheide family-BAF Technologies, Dallas, TX.
Leslie Boyd-Stigler
May 17, 2013
David and I will really miss you. Judy was such a great hostess, excellent cook and a pleasure to be with. She was a great sister. David Hamlin and Ardis Trigg
May 17, 2013
Very sad to loose Judy, I worked with Judy for 3 years at DRA and have known her from the Association of Old Crows, she was one of the nicest people you would ever meet!
Mike Barber
May 17, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with Judy's family. She was a very special lady and took great care of her DRA family, both in Ohio and Indiana. She will truly be missed.
Ron and Pam Clericus
May 17, 2013
God bless you Judy - You definitely will be missed!
Tracy & Terri Johnston
May 17, 2013
What a wonderful lady, you will be greatly missed, prayers to her family
Cathy Hadley
May 17, 2013
I worked with Judy for several years. Both at DRA and her properties. She will be missed. My condolences to her family.
Jake Simpson
May 17, 2013
Linda, Erin and Matthew,
My deepest condolences go out to you.
Sara Faust
May 16, 2013
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