Arnold Frederick Westerhold, 96, of Springfield died at 4:35 p.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at Regency Nursing Care Residence. He was born October 6, 1916 in Madison County, IL to Herman and Henrietta Wille Westerhold. He married Virginia Holyace Coons on September 5, 1942 and she preceded him in death on March 5, 2009. He was also preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Ethel Gusewelle.
Surviving are his daughter, Karen (John) Nosko of Downers Grove; two sons, Roger Westerhold of Dawson and Morris (Anne Marie) Westerhold of Naperville; six grandchildren; six great grandchildren; a brother, Walter (Billie) Westerhold of Starkville, Mississippi and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ. He farmed and enjoyed gardening, growing fruit trees, woodworking, spending winters in Texas and was a lifelong learner and enjoyed reading up on health and nutrition. He was a chemist at the Illinois Department of Public Health and EPA retiring in 1976. During World War II, he was a civilian contractor working as a Laboratory Supervisor at an ordnance factory in Baraboo, WI.
Visitation: 2 – 4 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2013, at Staab Funeral Home.
Graveside Service: 10 a.m., Monday, September 30, 2013 at Rochester Cemetery with Reverend Jim Hibbett and Doris Holmes, president of street ministries at St. Paul AME Church, officiating.
The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the charity of the donor’s choice.