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“We were sad to hear of your loss, but rejoice in the knowledge of Russ going home. "A human life is a story told by God" and Russ told us an...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Calvin & Laurie Noel

“You are all in my thoughts and prayers. ”
2 of 12 | Posted by: Tom

“Mrs. Eleanor (Head) I am sorry for your loss. Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
3 of 12 | Posted by: Gwenae Jackering-Fosterling

“Deb and Eb I am sorry to hear the loss of your dad. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family at this time. May you find comfort...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Fritz and Rosann Williford

“To live life in the light of the One Master has provided Russ with abundant blessings of a loving family and cherished friends. His thirst is now...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Jim & Gretchen Hafeman

“I've never known a finer man than Russ. We served on the school board together in the 60's and traveled together to a National School Board...Read More »
6 of 12 | Posted by: Gerry & Mary Ann Stille

“Dad went from Little Lake to glory in a moment. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Eb Hoehl

“Our hearts are sad,but our spirits rejoice! What a way to spend Resurrection Sunday...with our risen Lord. ”
8 of 12 | Posted by: Fred and Maribeth Runyan

“Dear Eleanor and family, I'm very sorry for your loss. Russ was a special man who I remember fondly. So many good memories at Little Lake. What a...Read More »
9 of 12 | Posted by: Elaine Fitzpatrick

“Sending sincere condolences for your loss. May God comfort you at such a difficult time.Nona L. (Peterson) Uren ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Nona L. Peterson-Uren

“He was a precious soul and will be missed. Very sorry for your loss and may God continue to comfort your family through this difficult time.Sharon...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Sharon Bodenus

“Our lives are lucky to be circle of the Westman Family. They were blessed to have such a wonderful man watching over ,guiding , and loving them...Read More »
12 of 12 | Posted by: Diana Anderson


Russell L. Westman, age 95, went to be with the Lord Monday, March 30, 2015 at his home in Little Lake where he lived for the past 89 years. Russell was born in Cedar River, MI on April 4, 1919. He moved to Little Lake with his grandparents, John and Mina (Jankowsky) in 1925 where John worked for the Stack Lumber Company. Russell was very active in the work of the Lord at the Little Lake Chapel where he came to know the Lord as a teenager through the work of Pastor Hamel, a pastor who traveled to small towns in the Upper Peninsula sharing the Gospel message through Sunday School and Vacation Bible School programs in the 1930's. Pastor Hamel was later joined by Cam McArthur from Detroit who began the Upper Peninsula Bible Camp where Russell volunteered many hours working behind the scenes doing yard work, building repairs and maintenance. Russell was employed by the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company for 39 years and worked at the Princeton, Bunker Hill, Republic, and Empires mines. He was active in community organizations. Russ served on the Gwinn Board of Education for 21 years was a member of the Forsyth Township Historical Society. He coached Little League Baseball, was the treasurer of the Gwinn Community Chest and treasurer of the Little Lake Community Club. The club raised money for community projects which included the purchase of two stone monuments to honor those from Little Lake who died during WWII. The monuments are currently at the Little Lake American Legion. Russell was a noted baseball player in his early years and could switch hit. He loved his family and enjoyed plowing snow and did so up until this past Christmas. He was a very generous man enabling many area children to attend the Upper Peninsula Bible Camp in Little Lake and assisting others to attend Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, IA. Russell, was preceded in death by his first wife, Marie (LaChance) who he married in September 1940; his mother Margaret Westman; brother, Bob; two sisters, Evelyn Flamm and Edith (Bob) LeMay; and great grandson Bobby Utterback Westman. He is survived by his second wife, Eleanor (Head) who he married in July 2002; three daughters, Dorthy (Bill) Sather of Gwinn, Lois (Keith) Olive of Little Lake and Debbie (Eb) Hoehl of LaFayette, LA; two sons, Russell A. (Shirley) Westman of Little Lake and Ron (Tami) Westman of Little Lake; three sisters, Hazel (Clarence) Jerry, Lydia (Norman) McFarland, and Alice Flamm; 13 grandchildren, Lisa (Kevin) Simila, Laura (Matt) Rose, Julie (Reid) Miller, Connie (Ron) Hill, Russell (Carolyn) Westman, Steven Westman, Brandon (Meagen) Westman, Reagen (Katie) Hoehl, Joseph Hoehl, Ron (Ginny) Westman, Marie Westman, Jason (Rachel) Westman, Mara Westman; five sister's-in-law, Maxine Erickson, Vivian LaChance, Delphine Tucker, Elaine Oman, and Delores Rife; and brother's-in-law, Zeph LaChance; 26 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 3pm on Saturday, April 4, 2015 at the Canale-Gwinn Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. A luncheon will follow the service at the Little Lake Chapel. Interment will take place in the Gwinn Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Little Lake Chapel's Building Fund. Memories of Russell may be shared at canalefuneral.com

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