Robert N. “Bob” Westerfield

Age 93, of Lansing, MI, passed away peacefully Monday, March 6, 2023. He was the middle child born on October 16, 1929 to the late Henry and Evalee Westerfield. Originally raised in Owensboro, Kentucky, he worked in his father’s O’Henry’s Inn restaurant as a young man mixing up shakes and malts, likely the origin of his notorious sweet tooth.

After a brief relocation to Florida, Bob would go on to meet the love of his life, Stephanie, in the high school glee club in Ft. Lauderdale where they would jitterbug on the lanai at lunchtime. Bob started college at Florida State, though enlisted with the Navy soon after. Stationed on the USS Colonial, he sailed across the Pacific Ocean multiple times proudly serving his country in the Korean War. Following his honorable discharge in 1954, he and Stephanie married and he completed his Bachelor’s in General Business at Michigan State University on the G.I. Bill, class of ’58. He went on to work for Oldsmobile where he was a Supply Chain Manager until his retirement in 1987. And he “never shut the line down.”

Throughout his life he sang Bass with various music groups, including CUMC Adult choir (where he was a most faithful congregation member for over 50 years) and Orpheus men’s chorus. A long-time member of Lion’s Club of Lansing, he administered the Eyeglasses for the Poor program for many years. He loved Michigan State athletics, reading, movies, music, photography, birds and enjoyed traveling all over the US and worldwide.

He was predeceased by his cherished wife of 63 years, Stephanie, all his beloved siblings, Danny, and twins Nathelyn and Jacquelyn. He is survived by son Stephen (Kerry) Westerfield, daughter Julie (Rodrigo Sanchez) Westerfield, grandchildren Samuel Kirkey, PJ (Luke) Gilmore, Nathan (Brooke) Westerfield, Erin (Marshall) Cornett, Baylie Sanchez, great-grandchildren Riley, Margo & Calla Gilmore and twins Eliza and Olivia Cornett, and many much-adored nieces and nephews. He made a friend everywhere he went and will be enormously missed by us all.

The funeral for Bob will be Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 11:00 a.m., at Central United Methodist Church, 215 N. Capitol Ave., Lansing, Michigan 48933. His family will receive friends on Monday, 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel, 325 W. Washtenaw St., Lansing, Michigan 48933, and also one hour prior to the funeral at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Lions Club of Lansing, and Orpheus Men’s Chorus of Lansing.

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Joan Wierzba
March 8, 2023 at 10:04 am

On behalf of Lansing Matinee Musicale, I extend my sympathy to Bob’s family on his passing. I enjoyed getting to know him as the husband of Stephanie Westerfield who was very active in LMM. Bob was a member of the National Federation of Music Club with Stephanie. Bob was very kind and supportive of LMM and its members. The LMM Choral Ensemble visited him at Independence Village in Grand Ledge a few times and we know he really enjoyed that.
We extend our sympathies to his family.

Tia Glass
March 10, 2023 at 6:34 pm

The staff and residents of StoryPoint will truly miss Bob. Bob never met a stranger, he was soft spoken and wise, and loved to chat about any subject. Such a pleasure to know this great man. Take your rest Sir, you’ve done well.

StoryPoint Residents and staff

Anna f
March 11, 2023 at 5:46 pm

Thankyou for showing endless kindness to every person that crossed your path.I hope you are enjoying a nice caramel sundae right now. It was a pleasure to sit with you during dinner every night and hear about the countless things you have done with the life you built. You will forever be my biggest role model and I thank you for the love you showed me during the time we spent together. You left an impact that will never be forgotten. Miss you forever Mr.Bob.

Amy Campbell
March 11, 2023 at 9:38 pm

Thankful and blessed to have known Uncle Bob- truly a wonderful example for others. Prayers to all during this difficult time.

Laurie Miles
March 12, 2023 at 3:08 pm

I will always remember Uncle Bob for his kindness, gentleness, humbleness, and love of life. While I didn’t get to see him often, he always made me feel welcome and loved. May he have a peaceful and beautiful transition.


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