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    Posted: 18 Oct 2018 at 10:32am
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, Lieutenant Commander Robert Edmond Westfall, United States Navy Retired, age 80, passed away at his residence.  Born in 1938, in Kansas City, Kansas, Robert was the only child of Charles E. Westfall and Ida Bernice (née Thomas).


Robert graduated in 1956 from Wyandotte High School in Kansas City, Kansas and attended the University of Kansas for one year before receiving his appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Upon graduation, Admiral Hyman G. Rickover recruited Robert for the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Program. After serving 20 years, he retired from the US Navy but not before attending and graduating with a Master of Science degree from the University of Southern California.  After the Navy, Robert went on to work for Hughes Aircraft, and later Raytheon as a Senior System Analyst.


Robert belonged to the US Naval Academy Alumni Association. He was an avid golfer, and a member of the GGG's, MGA and the 9-holers of Bella Vista.  One of Robert's favorite past times was working in his shop, as he was a fine woodworker.


Robert is survived by his wife; Barbara A. Westfall, two sons; Robert E. Westfall Jr.,(Michelle), of Leavenworth, Kansas, Michael David Westfall,(Monique), of Broomfield, Colorado, two grandchildren; Henry Westfall & Avery Westfall, one step-granddaughter; Loren Smith, one step-daughter; Julia M. Sieben, of Bella Vista, two step-sons; Joseph E. Sieben (Shelley), of Fort Myers, Florida, Michael R. Sieben, of Fort Myers, Florida, one step-grandson; Christopher M. Sieben-Ulcak (Paige), of MCB Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii and three step-great-grandchildren.


A celebration of Robert’s life will be at 11:00 AM, on Friday, Oct 26 at Village Baptist Church located in Bella Vista. Robert’s ashes will be inurned in the United States Naval Academy at a later date.


Epting Funeral Home
3210 Bella Vista Way
Bella Vista, Arkansas 72714

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Anyone know on which boats he served?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote olded Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2018 at 3:29pm
Pretty sure he was the Engineering Officer on the USS Gato SSN-615, during the mid to late 60's.
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Tnx!  I sorta recognize the name from somewhere.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote olded Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Oct 2018 at 7:02pm
Just received his obit from an old shipmate. He served on the USS Edson (destroyer), USS Shark, USS Whale, USS Gato, USS George Marshall, and as CO of the USS Jack.
He was my engineer on the Gato, was a very good man.
 
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Ed,

Thank you.

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