Virgil William Westdale

01/08/1918   —   02/08/2022

Memorial Contributions:

Western Michigan University

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  • john johnson

    My wife, Jackie and I used to meet Mr Westdale for Sunday b reakfast at McDonalds for years back in the 70’s and 80’s until we moved north of town. We regarded this gentleman highly and he was not shy about regaling with his WW2 exploits. No matter how hard the Army Air Corps tried they could not make Mr Westdale ashamed of his Japanese parentage. Being demoted from Officer to enlisted man because of parentage is shameful and would not be allowed now. He fought with the infantry and did his assigned job of carrying a rifle in combat and later artillery with honor. He truly was a honored member of the Greatest Generation. Rest in peace, Sir.

  • White Pigeon Alumni Association

    We always enjoyed when Virgil spoke or attended our banquet. Our prayers and deepest sympathy to Virgil’s family.

  • Brenda VanDeWege

    I had the privilege of working with Virgil at TSA at Gerald R. Ford Airport. I treasured his stories about his life and will never forget them. He was always quick to smile and to greet anyone. He will be missed by all who knew him. My prayers are with his family!!

  • Herb Seamons

    Mr. Westdale had quite a life, he represents what has been called the “Greatest Generation”. My condolences.

  • Leslie Stougaard

    Very beautiful service today..RIP Virgil..it was an honor to have been part of your life❤

  • Cheri Westdale Budzeak

    On behalf of the Westdale family, thank you all for your stories. We love reading them. How lucky can one man be to live to 104 and have such amazing friends of all ages? Thank you all for giving him that gift. It gave him a sense of purpose and filled his heart and life with love.

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