Raymond “Ray” N. Wester, age 90 of Westbrook, passed away unexpectedly of natural causes Monday, April 11, 2016 at his home. Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 15 at Immanuel Baptist Church in Westbrook. Visitation is 5:00-7:00 p.m. Thursday at the Westbrook Funeral Home. Burial is at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Westbrook Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Westbrook Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
Raymond Nicholas Wester was born June 3, 1925 at home in Larkin Township, near Lismore, Minnesota to John B. and Mary (Didier) Wester. He attended country school district 60 near his home. On June 22, 1950 Ray married Gertie Doeden in Lismore. He farmed for 30 years at Adrian, Sibley, Iowa, and Currie. Ray and Gertie owned Wester’s Coffee Corner in Westbrook. He also worked for many years at the Walnut Grove Sales Barn. Ray and Gertie opened their home to 76 different foster children over a period of 30 plus years. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. Ray loved his church, his wife, children, and grandchildren, and his dog Phoebe. He played Santa Claus in the Westbrook area for over 25 years.
Ray will be dearly missed by many, including his wife Gertie of 65 years; children: Mike (Kim) Wester of Westbrook, Tim (Jocelyn) Wester of Westbrook, and Barbara (David) Arnold of Waterville; special foster daughter Angie (Darrell) Woods of Terril, IA; 8 grandchildren: Angie, Kelly, Ben, Kristopher, Nicholas, Gretchen, Megan, and Taylor; 21 great grandchildren; and brother-in-law Norbert Mormann of Adrian. He is preceded in death by his parents, brother Armond, and sisters Alice Fritz, Margaret Mormann, Dorothy Marco, and Phyllis Baloun.