OBITUARY

Cleo James Westerman

September 13, 1928December 28, 2020
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Cleo James Westerman was born on September 13, 1928 in Nimrod, Texas and passed away on December 28, 2020 in Sacramento, California and is under the care of Mount Vernon Memorial Park.

Graveside Service will be held on January 23, 2021 at 11:00 am at Mount Vernon Memorial Park, 8201 Greenback Ln, Fair Oaks, CA.

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Cleo James Westerman

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Deborah Cox

January 24, 2021

Sue, I am sorry for your loss. It is a hard thing to go through especially around the holidays. My thoughts and prayers are with you. When I told mom about Cleo it truly sadden her. Then Lorrie, another family member, passed away.
Now mom passed away today after being in the hospital for a month. Heaven has 3 more wonderful angels.

Lisa Elliott

January 23, 2021

Thinking of you and your family today Sue. RIP Mr. Westerman

Becky Lazos

January 23, 2021

I always loved Aunt Faye and Uncle Cleo so much. I looked up to them. They were excellent parents and grandparents. They were always ready to lend a hand or kind word. I know I am talking in “they” rather than more just about my uncle. But, it’s hard to think of one without the other! Their love is the true legacy of their life. It made all else possible. I’m sorry for your loss, dear cousin. Rest easy, Uncle Cleo. You will be missed 💜✝️

TAMARA LEE

January 23, 2021

I always enjoyed seeing Cleo at our reunion. Him and the boys cracked me up. The boys being Wilbur, Donald and Benny. Now only Donald is left. We will miss Cleo like we miss seeing the others. He is now in heaven having another reunion with family that have gone before him and be waiting for those to come. We love you Cleo say hi to everyone see you again some day.

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Biography

Mr. Cleo James Westerman passed away on December 28, 2020, at the age of 92. He died peacefully within his home in Sacramento, CA with his family by his side. This gentle, loving, caring and wonderful man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts and his sweet smile and warm hugs will be supremely missed by his daughter: Sue Westover, three granddaughters: Stacy, Jody, and Casey and three great-grandchildren: Hailee, Bronson and Palmer. His wife, Faye, and son, Curtis, were waiting to reunite with him in Heaven.

Cleo was born on September 13, 1928 in Nimrod, Texas. He was the second oldest of seven children, which he surpassed in life and has now joined at the pearly gates. As a boy, he quit school to help his grandparents run their farm to support himself and his family. As a very young man, he learned to work hard and to take on whatever job was available to support himself.

In 1950, he met the love of his life, Faye Lazrine. They married in 1951 and lived together almost inseparable for over 58 years until she passed in 2008. The early times were difficult financially; Cleo and Faye made many tough choices in those days. They lived in a train car, traveling from town to town while Cleo started his career with Southern Pacific Railroad. His career eventually lead him to California and he had to leave his wife and two young children, Sue and Curt, behind for several months while he found a home for them. They reunited when Cleo moved his little family to California in the early sixties. They initially lived in Bakersfield, but moved to Sacramento and bought a home in 1968 where they lived the remainder of their lives.

Cleo worked hard and devoted his life to providing for his family. He worked his way up to a Bridge and Building Supervisor with Southern Pacific Railroad. He retired from Southern Pacific in 1987, only to go back to work a few years later for Qwest Communications as a Supervisor. When Cleo wasn’t at work, he was working on his ranch and almond orchard, Midnight Raid Ranch. He was a true good ol’ cowboy. Always decked out in his wranglers, cowboy boots, and his hat. He loved raising award-winning Black Angus cattle, keeping horses, and took pride in the upkeep of his property.

Although living in California, Cleo’s Texas roots run deep. He would do his very best to attend the annual Westerman family reunion in Texas to reunite with family enjoying the time with all his siblings and cousins. “Don’t Mess With Texas” was a common slogan around the house. Cleo loved country music, dancing and making others laugh. He enjoyed camping, boating and fishing, especially with his 3 grand-daughters. His Christian faith was important to him, and he would make it a point to attend service every Sunday.

He was a good friend to all, a man who would give his shirt for a friend. He met his old work buddies for coffee every morning where they would talk railroad, debate politics, and tell stories. Friends and family often called on him for help because they knew they could count on him.

Cleo is a man who never cared much about himself and always put his loved ones first. He was proud and honored to be the patriarch, father, grandfather and great-grandfather to our little family. He has been a major presence in the lives of his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Cleo was a strong, proud and good man. He is loved and will be missed by many! When you think of him, smile at a sweet memory, have a 7 and 7 or a root beer float and know that he took every ounce out of life.
A small service will be held with immediate family and close friends before he will be laid to rest beside his wife on January 23, 2021, at Mount Vernon Memorial Park in Fair Oaks, CA.