Duane Douglas “Squirrel” Westafer, 65, Englewood, Fla., formerly of Bourbon, passed away Jan. 9, 2017, from an eight month illness to cancer. His family was at his side at the time of his death.
Doug was born July 4, 1951, in Rochester to the late Eugene F. “Dusty” and Barbara L. (Mullins) Westafer. Doug was a 1970 Triton High School graduate. He was associated with the American Trotting Breed Association pony racing. Racing harness sulky ponies for several years. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army in 1971 and was a member of Bourbon American Legion, Post 424.
Doug was part-owner/operator of the Bourbon Foundry (cast iron) along with his father Dusty and brother Dave, until the Foundry sold to an aluminum foundry in 1998. The Bourbon Foundry was the first inductee to the Triton Hall of Fame as a contributor to the community. Squirrel loved sports and his family, he will be greatly missed.
Doug was also a Triton girls basketball coach for 12 years, having several “winning” seasons. He enjoyed sporting events and he was a TRUE Notre Dame fan for Irish basketball and football having season tickets to both. “Go Irish”. After retiring he enjoyed the warmer climates living in Englewood, Fla, golfing and fishing were his hobbies in his earlier years.
He is survived by his children, daughters: Tana (Mike) Johnson of Bourbon; and Ashlee Westafer (Robert Blackburn) of Plymouth; and sons: Matthew (Becky) Westafer of Bourbon;; and Andrew (Kelly) Westafer of Bourbon. He was blessed with grandchildren: Michael, Lindsey and Spencer Johnson, Isaac Wall, Allie Westafer, Keegan, Chandler and Addyson Westafer and Morgan Blackburn. Also surviving is a sister, Susan (Terry) Bon Durant of Bremen; brother, Dave (Jeannie) Westafer of Dickson, Tenn.; and his mother Barbara Westafer of Bremen. His best friend Lewis Lindsey of Bourbon also survives.
Preceded in death were his father Eugene (January 2002) and his brother Dennis (2014).
Friends are invited to visit with the family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12 and one hour before services in Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home 115 S. Main St. Bourbon, IN 46504
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 13 in the funeral home with burial to follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Bourbon with military honors by Bourbon American Legion.
The family asks that any memorial contributions be made to Triton Athletic Department 100 Triton Drive Bourbon, IN 46504