William Westervelt
1946 - 2021
William "Bill" W. Westervelt, born on Feb. 11, 1946, passed away May 16, 2021, in Green Valley, Arizona, with his wife of 49 years, Fran Westervelt, by his side. He was the second child of seven to Beatrice and William Westervelt, born in Tucson, Arizona. He attended school at Salpointe High School in Tucson, Arizona; he remained friends with his classmates throughout the years.
After high school, Bill joined the Army. He was stationed in St Louis, Missouri, El Paso, Texas, and finally Anchorage, Alaska. He arrived in Alaska in 1966. He remained in the Army through 1968. He met Fran Ahumada in 1968 when he was out dancing at the Old Red Barn in Eagle River. It was love at first sight. They were married in 1972. Bill and Fran enjoyed dancing to country music throughout their life together.
Bill was working as an iron worker, which led him to the world of fencing. His first job in the fencing industry was with Mt. McKinley Fence, which lead Bill to start his own fencing company. Alaska Fence began. Bill and Fran purchased Dimond Fence in 1983. During that time, they commuted for seven years between Anchorage and Fairbanks balancing both lives, careers and businesses. Fran moved to Fairbanks in 1990. They continued running their company together until Bill's retirement in 2019. Working, living and loving life as partners, spouses and best friends. That is what they did best.
Bill had a huge heart for his family. His brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews meant the world to him.
Bill enjoyed his winter trips to Arizona. He spent a lot of time with his brother Richard, and that bond was very special. Happy hour after Fran's golf was always a pleasure in the sunshine and warmth. He loved to feed the wild animals around their home. Special exotic trips, like to South America, gave Bill happiness and enjoyment.
Bill loved sports; he enjoyed softball on the Dimond Fence teams and bowling on the night leagues. He always came home with lots of stories to share.
Bill was a member of the Elks. He respected what they did for the community and would volunteer Fran to work on many projects. Bill enjoyed relaxing with the members of the Elks and considered them close friends.
Over the years, Bill also adopted family, such as a couple of daughters (Joan Johnson and Teresa Delima) and a granddaughter (Alexess Holt). Sometimes he did not have a choice; they may have adopted him.
His wife, Fran Westervelt, survives Bill; as does sister Beth Folino (Ralph), brothers Dan (Susan) Robert, Richard (Cathy) Westervelt, sister Kathy Weiman (Dave), nieces Jennifer, Julie, Allison, Amanda, Lisa, Bernadette, Elizabeth Josephine, Gabriell; nephews David, Joe, Jim, Robert, Dominic, Andrew, Ronnie, Bernie, Mark, Gregory, Richard, Nick, Jason, Travis, Vincent; great-nieces Courtney, Brindley, Emery, Ashlyn, Payton, Sadie; great-nephews David D., Colin, Danner and Pinhead (Elliot), Noah, Carter, Ethan, Blake, Hayden, Zach and Lil Joe.
The celebration of life to be at the Elks on Saturday, July 24, at 3p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Trinitarians of Mary, 6702 Del Cerro Blvd., San Diego, CA, 92120.
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Published by Daily News-Miner on Jul. 17, 2021.
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Fran, I am so sorry to learn of the loss of your dear husband. My deepest condolences to you.
Rikke Mery
July 21, 2021
Fran, my sincere condolences for your loss. So many memories with you & Bill. Sending our love, Jamie & Deanna Slack
Deanna Slack
July 20, 2021
Dear Fran, Thinking of you and remembering all the fun times we had at our Salpointe gatherings. Bill is truly missed, not only be me, but by the entire Class of '64.
Anne King
July 20, 2021
My sincerest condolences to Fran and the entire family! Bill was such a wonderful soul and such a wonderful person to know. May he rest in love! May you find peace in the days to come
Misty Nelson
July 19, 2021
Fran, So sorry to read of Bill´s passing. So many memories with you two. May your memories ease your sorrow.
Jeanne Morrison
July 19, 2021
Ernie and I are just talking about Bill this morning and then saw this in the paper. What a coincidence to be making of him this morning and then see that he passed in May. We both decided Bill must have stopped by to say hello this morning to us in and let us know. Bill was an amazing and very kind gentleman. Lots and lots of laughs with Bill and Fran and mom Nila Mae Noble on the softball fields of Hez Ray. Sending love to Fran and everyone rest in peace Bill
Ernest and Deirdre (Dets) shipman
July 17, 2021
So sorry for your loss Fran, may the memories sustain you
Barbara Nolan
July 17, 2021
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