PENDLETON - C.F. "Fred" Westersund, 91, of Pendleton died Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2008, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton. Funeral services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 1 in the Burns Mortuary Chapel in Pendleton. Interment will follow the services in Pendleton's Olney Cemetery.
Carlo Frederick Westersund was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Pendleton to Charles and Sophia (Seppala) Westersund, who lived and farmed in the Holdman area. He attended Holdman Grade School, Pendleton public schools, and graduated from Griswold High School in Helix in 1935. After graduating he attended Oregon State University for a time until his father died and he returned to Pendleton. He married Norma Gordon in 1941 in Pendleton. He worked a short time for Pendleton Grain Growers before he and Norma moved to Kodiak, Alaska to work in Civil Service for the Navy during World War II. After the war he returned to the area to begin farming with Chester Gordon in the South Juniper Canyon area northwest of Helix.
Mrs. Westersund died in 1975. He married Jean Milne in 1977 in Seattle, and they made their home seven miles north of Pendleton; he continued to actively farm well into his eighties.
In his younger years he enjoyed playing baseball on the Pendleton Grain Growers' city team, bowling for Juniper T in the Ranch League, and competitive trap shooting, especially at the Juniper Turkey Shoot. He was an avid deer and elk hunter, and was successful in bagging a large grizzly bear while in Kodiak, Alaska. In his later years his great joy was watching his grandsons play sports.
He was a past President of the Umatilla County Association of the Oregon Wheat Growers League, served on the board of directors of the Pendleton Grain Growers, and was a life member of the Pendleton Elks Lodge.
Mr. Westersund is survived by his wife, Jean of Pendleton; daughters Trudy Maney of Helix and Tiah Van Dusen of Chicago, Ill.; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Norma; and one brother, Norman.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Helix Memorial Scholarship Fund, and may be sent in care of the Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, OR 97801.