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James 'Whitey' Westby


James Carl "Whitey" Westby, 76, died at his home in Kimball , Neb. on Sunday April 24, 2016.

James was born in Huron, S. D., on May 16, 1939, the son of Thomas and Ferne (Bales) Westby. He attended school in Huron, S. D. Whitey was married to Karol Manning in 1962 and to this union a daughter Karla was born. Whitey and Karol later divorced. He moved to Kimball in 1966. He was married to Alice Thomason in 1967 and to this union Jim was born. Whitey also adopted Alice's children Lora, Angie and Ernie. Whitey worked for J/M Trucking and later Evertson Well Service as a truck driver. He worked for H.M. Vowers Farms for a short time before going back to driving a truck for Evertson. He later worked for Vrtatko Farms and Lukassen Farms.

He is survived by his children Lora (Junior) Tuzicka of Thermopolis, Angela (Scott) Harding, Ernie Westby, James (Gretchen) Westby, Jr. and Karla Westby; stepsons Albert (Liz) Thomason and Billie (Diane) Thomason; 18 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; sister Jean; brothers Doyle, Curtis, Carroll, Clair and Dallas.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Alice; sister, Linda; and brothers, Merlyn, Myron, Warren and Jerry.

Cremation has been held and a gathering of family and friends will be held at the Kimball 4-H Building on Thursday, May 5 from noon until 3 p.m. followed by a gathering at Beer & Loathing at 3 p.m. Memorials have been established to the family. Friends may visit to leave condolences and messages for the family. The cremation services have been entrusted to the Cantrell Funeral Home.


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