James Westling

James E. “Jim” Westling, 78, of Mingo Junction, OH, passed away Wednesday May 14, 2014, at the Valley Hospice Care Center North in Steubenville, OH.

He was born February 21, 1936, in Steubenville, OH, a son of the late John and Anna Marie (Futey) Westling.

Jim retired in 1984 from Wheeling Pittsburgh Steel Corp., where he worked as a yardmaster in the railroad department. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean Conflict and was in the Presidential Air Force Honor Guard. He was the former mayor of New Alexandria; a member of the Smithfield Masonic Lodge 182 and the Brilliant American Legion Post 573.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, James R. Westling, on July 4, 2011; and three brothers, Clifford “Kip”, George and John Westling.

Surviving are a son, Ryan (Jamie) Westling of Wintersville, OH; two daughters, Lori (Todd) Burnett of New Alexandria, OH, and Sue (Joe) Malmisur of Cortland, OH; the mother of his children, Bette Westling of New Alexandria, OH; a brother, Russell (Sherry) Westling of Dillonville, OH; two sisters, Carol (Harold) Cunningham and Regina (Douglas) Patterson both of Mingo Junction; 13 grandchildren, Amanda (John) Wright, Megan (Dustin) Hendricks, Donnie (Lindsay) Mayse, Brianna, Gabrielle, and Jake Marker, Kaitlyn, Kali, Dylan, Landen, Cooper Westling, and Brock and Eva Burnett; and five great-grand children.

Friends will be received on Friday from 5-8 p.m. at the Wheeler Funeral Home, 712 Third St., Brilliant, where his funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. with Rev. Bill Westling, officiating.

Interment will follow at New Alexandria Cemetery, with military honors by the Ohio Valley Veterans Memorial Squad.

There will be a Masonic service on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Memorial contributions may be directed in Jim’s name to The Oral Cancer Foundation, 3419 Via Lido 205, Newport Beach, CA 92663 or online at www.ocfstore.org/donate

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