Arthur Emmanuel Westlund, age 102, of Tonasket, died Dec. 23, 2012 at North Valley Extended Care in Tonasket, Wash. He was born July 17, 1910 in Anoka, Minnesota to John and Mary Westlund.
Art was raised on a farm 12 miles north of Anoka, Minn. He was hard working and industrious. In his late teens, Art was custom farming with one of the first tractors in their community.
He married his wife, Ethel, in 1938 at age 28. In the early 40’s Art sold his animals and equipment and moved to San Diego, Calif. to join the war effort building airplanes.
Daughter, Arlene, was born in 1943 and son, Gene, in 1944. In 1948, Art and family would move back to Minn. There he got involved in the motel business. 1959 would find Art and family returning to San Diego to further develop his business interests. He was a devout Christian and was always very active in his church. He and wife Ethel moved to Washington in 2003 to make their home at the North Valley Assisted Living facility, and most recently, the North Valley Extended Care.
He is survived by his wife, Ethel Westlund; his children: Arlene Johnson of Tonasket, Wash., and Gene Westlund of Twisp, Wash.; grandchildren, Brendalee Johnson, Cathy Abplanalp, Aaron Westlund, Jennifer Chambers, Josh Westlund, and Rebekah Trevino, and great-grandchildren, Anders Johnson, Olivia and Reuben Abplanalp, Reese and Hadley Westlund, Hudson and Beckett Chambers, and Gabriel and Ezra Trevino.
He was preceded in death by three sisters and one brother.
A Memorial Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the Tonasket Free Methodist Church, 1 Stanton Loop Rd, Tonasket, with Pastor Ron Wise officiating. Memorials may be made to Okanogan County Habitat For Humanity, P.O. Box 1679, Tonasket, Wash. 98855.
Please share your memories of Art by signing his online guestbook at www.berghfuneralservice.com.