Tom Westenhaver Sr., 81, Clay City, passed away at 11:50 p.m., on Jan. 26, 2013, at the ICU Unit at Roudebush VA Medical Center in Indianapolis following a brief illness.
He was born in Worthington, Ind., April 6, 1931, to Thomas and Effie (Nation) Westenhaver. Tom married Barbara Mary Baker on Dec. 7, 1951, in Seattle, Wash., where they lived.
He served his country in the United States Army for two years and was honorably discharged in April 1954.
Tom worked as a farm hand for John Fritz and Don and Rex Blair for many years. He also worked for Don Booe at the sawmill where he retired. He enjoyed taking care of his lawn and sitting on the front porch watching humming birds.
He was preceded in death by his parents Thomas and Effie Westenhaver, wife Barbara, sister Leah, son-in-law Walt Gochanour and beloved dog Bruno.
He is survived by six children Judy Gochanour, Brazil, Mary Ellen (Eddie) Farris, Clay City, Tom Westenhaver Jr., Clay City, John Westenhaver, Harmony, Amanda (Steve) Hofmann and Emily (Mark) Corbin, Clay City, 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Services will take place at Schoppenhorst Funeral Home in Clay City, Jan. 31, 2013, at 1 p.m., with Pastor LaMont Bonath officiating. Burial will follow at Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home Thursday from 11 a.m., until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Clay County Humane Society, P.O. Box 277, Brazil, Ind., 47834. Visit www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com to light a candle in his memory.