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Date published: 4/28/2014

Wayne L. Westman

Wayne Leo Westman, 74, passed away Monday, April 21, 2014, at McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond.

He was born in Schuyler, Neb., on Nov. 2, 1939, grew up in Highland Springs and attended William & Mary, where he played basketball and other sports. He served in the U.S. Air Force as a photographer during the Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. He had a commercial pilot's license and was an avid fan of classical music, martial arts, restoring old cars, sailing the Gratitude on the Chesapeake Bay, Harley-Davidsons, golf and the Redskins. But most of all, he enjoyed time with family.

He lived for many years in Fredericksburg, where he worked for Gallahan's Furniture and Purvis Ford. He later moved to Maryland's Eastern Shore and was inventory control manager for Sherwood's Holly KIA.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Meade and Violet Westman of Highland Springs; his brother, Wesley Westman of Miami; and son-in-law Claude Broome of Fredericksburg.

He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Helen Pearce Westman; his daughter, Faith Broome of Fredericksburg; his son and his wife, Troy and Traci Westman of Sandston; stepson Christopher Fraites of Otto, N.C.; granddaughters Barbara and Jessica Broome and Allyssa Fraites; grandsons Tyler and Donovan Westman and Dusty Fraites; his former wife, Barbara Mitchell Westman of Highland Springs; his sisters and their families, Wanda and Clark Groseclose of California and Nonie Westman-Wall of Richmond; and his sister-in-law and her family, Noelene Westman of Florida.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at Quantico National Cemetery, followed by a celebration of his life at his daughter's home in Fredericksburg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Hospice PAL 1125, c/o McGuire VA Medical Center, 1201 Broad Rock Blvd., Richmond, VA 23249; or to the Fredericksburg SPCA, 10819 Courthouse Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.