August 7, 1932 – September 22, 2012
Clair E. Westendorf, 80, passed away Saturday, September 22, 2012 at Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Funeral services will be held 1:00 pm, Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at Grandview Park Funeral Home where the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow the service at Masonic Cemetery.
Clair was born August 7, 1932 in Swaledale, Iowa to Arnold and Helen (Dilts) Westendorf. He attended school in Mason City, Iowa until the age of 16 when he began his career with the railroad. He went to Marshalltown with the Milwaukee line, than came to Des Moines with the Chicago-Rock Island, he retired from the Union Pacific Railroad after 48 years of service as a conductor and brakeman. He enjoyed traveling the rails even after his retirement. He was a member of East Gate Masonic Lodge, the HyVee Coffee Club and enjoyed walking.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; daughter, Joy Ann Smith of Des Moines; and his sister, Karen (Robert) Drake of Cedar Rapids. Clair was preceded in death by his brother, Galen and sister, Verna.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association or East Gate Masonic Lodge. On line condolences may be made at www.IlesCares.com.
Arrangements by Iles Funeral Homes ~ Grandview Park Chapel.Information provided by: Iles Funeral Homes Grandview Park Chapel 3211 Hubbell Avenue Des Moines, IA 50317 www.ilesfuneralhomes.com