Francis ‘Frank’ Westhoff, Jr.

 

 

Francis Otis Westhoff, Jr., aka “Frank,” “Fuzzy,” “Franny,” “The Legend,” 68, of Lewistown, Montana passed away on Jan. 15, 2018 after a hard fought battle with cancer.

Frank was born in Seattle, Washington on Aug. 20, 1949 to Francis “Ody” and Grace (Durrocher) Westhoff, who later divorced.

At the age of 3, Frank and his father moved to Malta, Montana. At 9 years old Frank, his father and his step-mother, Margaret, moved to Lewistown, Montana. Frank was the oldest of 6 kids; Frank, Dale, Dean, Donna, Dan and David.

Frank attended school at St. Leo’s and graduated in 1967. During his school days Frank enjoyed playing football, basketball and track and field. Frank would often reminisce about the glory days of St. Leo’s football and their championship titles.

After graduation Frank joined the Navy and was stationed in Long Beach, California on the DD869 Arnold J. Isbell. Frank served two tours of Vietnam and was honorably discharged on July 1, 1971 as a 2nd Class Machinist Mate.

On Sept. 22, 1969, Frank was united in marriage to Suzanne Watson and they raised three children: Michelle (45), Jeramy (43) and Jennifer (40).

While living in California, Frank enjoyed his time coaching Pop Warner football and is still referred to as “coach” by all of his players. Frank found satisfaction in teaching not only the skills of the game, but also in building character and being a role model to all the boys he coached. When not working or coaching, you would find Frank fishing the lakes of California or coming home to Lewistown to hunt with his brothers.

In 1990, Frank moved his family to Lewistown to be closer to his family and to let his children have the same small town experience he had as a child. Frank spent the first five years restoring their home on 5th Avenue South and brought the house back to its original glory. Once the house was done, Frank went to work at Montana Mental Health Nursing Care Center where he worked in the maintenance department. Frank retired in 2012.

In his downtime Frank loved to hunt, fish and spend time with family. Frank also enjoyed watching his son and later his grandson play football. A neat memory was being able to watch his son Jeramy and his grandson Mathew play football on the same field in Miles City where he played against Sacred Heart.

Those who knew Frank well admired him for his work ethic and drive to fight for what he believed in. Frank was always good for a “one liner” followed with a smile and a laugh. Frank will be missed dearly.

Frank is survived by his wife, Suzanne; step-mother, Margaret Westhoff; brothers, Dale (Kristen), Dean (Sandra), Dan (Beverly), David (Gretchen); sister, Donna Pratt (Jeff); daughter, Michelle; son, Jeramy; daughter, Jennifer Weeden (Lee); grandchildren, Dachelle Turner, Jaylen Turner, Hannah Oldenburger (Austin), Scott Weeden, Mathew Weeden, Noah Westhoff, and Maddux Westhoff; great-grandchildren, Jada and Aja; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Frank was preceded in death by his mother, Grace; Suzanne’s father, “Buck”; his father, “Ody” and too many of his classmates and close friends.

Services celebrating Frank’s life will be held Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at 4 p.m. at New Life Assembly of God Church in Lewistown, Montana.

Donations in Frank’s memory may be made to, New Life Assembly of God Church, Salvation Army, or American Cancer Society.

Creel Funeral Home is assisting with arrangements. Frank’s family and friends may share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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