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Westfall, Curtis
Curtis Westfall, 86, of Little Swan Lake, Avon, died Tuesday evening at Galesburg Cottage Hospital. He is remembered as a loving husband, by his wife Virginia, who wore his service parachute as her wedding gown when they married in 1945, and as a devoted father by his children, Kent (Ellen) Westfall of Avon, Cindy (Mark) Hertzberg of Racine, Wis., and Bob (Sherry) Westfall of Geneseo. He is also survived by eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. F. Kemper and Kathryne Westfall, and his brother, F. Kemper, Jr.

Mr. Westfall's service to his nation began when he hitchhiked 50 miles to enlist in the Army. He served as tail gunner of a B-24 that was shot down and crash-landed behind Russian lines. He continued his service to his country as an educator and a coach, in Dixon, Morrison, and Walnut, Illinois. He earned his bachelor's degree from Western Illinois University and his master's degree in education from the University of Illinois. He retired in 1980 as superintendent of the Walnut Graded School District, to live first on Lake Wisconsin, and then at his beloved Little Swan Lake. He was an avid golfer, and built his home along the second green of Swan Creek Golf Club. He enjoyed traveling with Ginny, but said there was no place he would rather be than at home, by the lake and the golf course. Mr. Westfall was an active shareholder in both the formation of the golf club in 1994, and in the nine-hole expansion in 2010.

Visitation will be Friday from 9-11 a.m., at Avon United Methodist Church, 200 E. Washington St., followed by services at 11 a.m. at the church, and interment at the Prairie City Cemetery. Mr. Westfall's family thanks the doctors and nurses at Cottage Hospital and the staff at Seminary Estates and Manor for their care for him. Memorials are suggested to the Avon United Methodist Church and to Swan Creek Golf Club for a memorial in his honor. Online condolences may be made at www.cormanmh.com. Arrangements are through the Corman Memorial Home, Avon.
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