OBITUARY

Colonel George Daniel Westover U.S. Air Force, Retired

July 17, 1941July 28, 2018

Colonel George Daniel Westover U.S. Air Force, Retired, age 77, of San Antonio, Texas passed away on Saturday July 28, 2018. George was born July 17, 1941 in Marlette, Michigan.

Colonel Westover is survived by his wife, Karen Westover; brother, Alton J Westover of Michigan, aunt, Betty Tamminen of California; cousins, Ray Hjelt of Michigan, Larry Tamminen and his wife Terese of Minnesota, Cheryl Renfors of Connecticut, Gail Weaver and her husband Dave of Wisconsin, Lori Manier and her husband Duane of Michigan, Dennis Black and his wife Laurie of Michigan, Marsha Holm and her husband James of Michigan, Vicky Crocker of Florida, Steven Westover of Texas and Susan Westover of Arizona. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Francis Nakamoto and his wife Ellen from Hawaii and cousin Nancy Kunishima, also from Hawaii.

A visitation for Colonel Westover will be held Wednesday, August 15, 2018 from 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM at Colonial Funeral Home, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. A funeral service will occur Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 9:30 AM, 625 Kitty Hawk Road, Universal City, TX 78148. A committal service will occur Wednesday, August 15, 2018 at 11:30 AM at Ft Sam Houston National Cemetery, 1520 Harry Wurzbach, San Antonio, TX 78209.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.colonialuniversal.com for the Westover family.

  • FAMILY

  • Colonel Westover is survived by his wife, Karen Westover; brother, Alton J Westover of Michigan, aunt, Betty Tamminen of California; cousins, Ray Hjelt of Michigan, Larry Tamminen and his wife Terese of Minnesota, Cheryl Renfors of Connecticut, Gail Weaver and her husband Dave of Wisconsin, Lori Manier and her husband Duane of Michigan, Dennis Black and his wife Laurie of Michigan, Marsha Holm and her husband James of Michigan, Vicky Crocker of Florida, Steven Westover of Texas and Susan Westover of Arizona. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Francis Nakamoto and his wife Ellen from Hawaii and cousin Nancy Kunishima, also from Hawaii.

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Interment Wednesday, August 15, 2018
REMEMBERING

Colonel George Daniel Westover U.S. Air Force, Retired

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an erdogan

August 14, 2018

George, there are no goodbyes between friends. Wherever you are, you will always be in our hearts. RIP, George. Hope the after life has lots of amazing places for you to explore. Will miss you terribly.

A & E Erdogan

Tom Kennedy

August 6, 2018

My 50+ year friendship with George began at M S U in 1963 and spanned over half a century. We did some typically crazy things that people of college age are known to do. The most memorable of these being our annual Christmas Break migrations to Michigan’s U. P.

As we advanced in age & interests, George became a “world traveler”, but we somehow always maintained contact. George married & I met Karen. I married, & George & Karen met Chris, & the friendship continued, much to our delight.

George & Karen would visit us every year, sometimes twice in a year, during their trips to Michigan. Following my retirement we were finally able to visit them in Texas. Always a visit to look forward to.

George Westover, you were a good man and a great friend, and those of us who had the good fortune to know you, will miss you terribly, but we are better people for the experience.

God bless you my friend. You were one in a million.

Tom & Chris Kennedy
Royal Oak, MI.

Raymond Hjelt

August 6, 2018

George, my second cousin, was the brother that I never had. Our bond began when we were in our early teen years when our families, his being in Lower Michigan and mine being in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, would visit each other. As we moved on in life, the bond only strengthened as we pursued our own paths toward adulthood.

When George entered the Air Force and he began moving around the world, George and I kept our relationship alive by writing to each other, especially in our later years. When George and Karen moved to Colorado, we, having just adopted out daughter from Korea, drove out from Michigan and started a new chapter in our special relationship. We were always welcomed on our many trips south - Biloxi, MS. and San Antonio, TX.

Whenever George embarked on his annual fishing trips to Michigan and whenever he and Karen came north for the Christmas Holidays, a stop over in Grand Rapids was a special time for Bev and me. And it was never questioned that if I were to ask for help, George would do what he could. That was so evident when my wife passed away in December, 2014. George and Karen were here to share in our memorial service.

George, my soul brother, you will be greatly missed. Karen, know that you are loved and we share in your loss.

Cousin Ray

Rex & Joy Algate

August 1, 2018

We have known Karen & George since we were stationed together at Incirlik AB, Turkey in the mid 1980's. After our military careers, George continued to show his friendship by: tutoring me in math when I went to college in my 40's, giving military-related books to our son because he knew Tim would enjoy them, inviting us to his many wonderful Barbershop performances & dinners and always entertaining us with his wit & wisdom from the booth he manned at Wurstfest. George was a one-of-a-kind professional, patriot, friend and mentor. Our love and prayers go out to Karen. We will miss him. There is no doubt that he is in heaven now, giving orders, organizing people & making God smile.

Dean Baumgartner

August 1, 2018

As I remember George, as we were growing up he was a little pest. He was always into something and one time we were playing Ragnar Le Viking I apparently parried and George thrusted and the end result was George’s sword going thru my left wrist.
We really never knew how to thank George for the wonderful trips he set up for us. Being able to play on all those famous courses in England. We also got a big kick when he made the statement, “Here I am running the biggest air base in England and wasn’t able to get tickets to the stage show Cats. You guys were here for 1 week and had front row seats". We must say that George was a special guy and we were proud to have him as a close cousin. I have to add, I was always told that angels had wings and if that’s the case, George most likely is in charge of the base they fly out of.
God Bless you my Dear. Remember we’re only a phone call away!
Dean & Jean Baumgartner

Bob Wiley

August 1, 2018

Colonel Geroge Westover left a legacy of leadership, caring and friendship. Always ready to offer encouragement or sound advice to the multitude of people he encountered on his journey through life. GOD BLESS YOU GEORGE---YOU WILL BE MISSED.

Irene Douglass

August 1, 2018

Have known George and Karen since we were stationed at Incirlik, Turkey. They have become
our very best friends since then. Will miss George terribly. He was a wonderful and caring
person. He will be missed.

Barbara Boalo

July 31, 2018

I am honored and blessed to have called George my friend. I will never forget his kindness and support as I pursued my career in Air Force Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR).

Dick Lawson

July 31, 2018

It was great sadness I received the message of Col Westover's Passing, there are no words that I can say that will ease your pain.
He will be sadly missed by all of us old Club Managers.
God Bless

Dick Lawson

Dr. Henry Hammer

July 31, 2018

Heartfelt condolences to Karen and others in George's family from Glenda and mmyself. A friend of some 20 years, I served with George on the SWD District Board, shared terrifying rides to Waco to coach the Hill Country Gentlemen Chorus (George always drove and bought dinner on the way up), good times at the Officer's Club at Randolph Officer's club with our mutual friend Larry Clemons and many other wonderful times together. George, rest in peace my good friend!

Biography

Colonel George D. Westover was born 17 July 1941 in Marlette, Michigan. He graduated from Marlette High School in June 1959. He attended Michigan State University, completing bachelor’s degrees in restaurant management and history in 1963 and a master's degree in history in 1965. Colonel Westover received subsequent degrees from the Community College of Denver, University of Colorado, and the University of Northern Colorado.

Colonel Westover was commissioned into the Air Force through the Officers' Training School in November 1967. He served at Hamilton Air Force Base, California, as manager of the officers' club until February 1969 when he was assigned to manage the officers' club at Nha Trang Air Base, Republic of Vietnam. He became manager of the club complex, Yokota Air Base, Japan, in February 1970. In 1972, Colonel Westover won the title of Air Force Outstanding Open Mess Manager of the Year.

Colonel Westover returned stateside in March 1972 to serve as chief of the Club Training Branch at Lowry Air Force Base, Colorado. In July 1975, he became the chief of the Personnel Training Branch at Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi. He became chief of the Club Policy Branch at HQ AFMPC on Randolph Air Force Base, Texas in July 1977.

In July 1981, Colonel Westover completed one year as a student at the Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, where he was a distinguished graduate and was assigned to Headquarters United States Air Forces Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, as the deputy director of Morale, Welfare, and Recreation. There he was named the command's outstanding Personnel Officer of the Year for 1981.

Colonel Westover continued his service in Europe as deputy base commander at Incirlik Air Base, Turkey, from March 1984 to July 1987. He then completed Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama.

Subsequently, he was assigned as base commander, RAF Lakenheath, United Kingdom, from 30 June 1988 to 24 February 1990 when he assumed his duties as Director of Hospitality Programs, Headquarters Air Force Morale, Welfare, Recreation, and Services Agency, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

Colonel Westover's military decorations and awards include the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with six oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Presidential Unit Citation, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with four oak leaf clusters, Air Force Humanitarian Service Award, Individual Achievement Award, National Defense Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, Overseas Short Tour Ribbon with one oak leaf cluster, Length of Service Ribbon with six oak leaf clusters, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon with four battle stars, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Air Force Marksmanship Ribbon, and Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with palm.

He is married to the former Karen Fumiko Nakamoto of Waialua, Hawaii.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, August 15, 2018 beginning at 8:30 A.M. Chapel services will follow at 9:30 A.M. at Colonial Funeral Home.
Interment will follow at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with military honor