David E. Westerman Jr., 66 of LaSalle, passed away at 1:04 PM Friday, October 11th at St. Francis Hospital in Peoria, IL surrounded by his family.
A memorial mass will be 11:00 am, Monday, October 21, 2019, at St. Patrick’s Church in LaSalle with Fr. J.A. Small, of St. Joseph’s Church in Peru and Fr Tom Otto, of LaSalle Catholic Parishes concelebrating. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. on Sunday, at Ptak Funeral Home, Peru, IL. Burial will be at St. Vincent’s Cemetery in LaSalle following the memorial mass. Cremation rites have been accorded.
David was born on September 9th, 1953 to David (deceased) and Beverly (Betts) Westerman at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Bethesda MD. His grandparents were John and Ila Westerman of Mendota, IL and Harley and Henrietta Betts of Strawberry Point, IA (all deceased.) David was baptized at the First Presbyterian Church in Mendota, IL. He began school in Cedar Rapids, IA and graduated from high school in WI. David graduated from IVCC with his Associate's degree and shortly after began work in the printing business where he worked for a number of years.
David's passion in life was music. He was a talented and well-known pianist in the Illinois Valley and played in many bands throughout his lifetime. “Say Uncle”, “Little Uncle”, “Blind Dates”, “Ric Soens Band”, “4 out of 5 Doctors”, “Y. Scat” to name a few of the bands. David played music with a passion that made watching him a genuine and unique experience. He especially loved playing music alongside his brother Stephen and did so even during his illness.
David married Sarah Kostellic, of LaSalle in August of 1984. He is survived by his Mother Beverly Westerman of Mendota, His wife Sarah of LaSalle; one son Matthew (Krista) Westerman of LaSalle; two daughters Kristen Westerman of Peru; Emily (Emma) Westerman of LaSalle; his brother Stephen (Gerilyn Hocking) Westerman of LaSalle with whom he lived with the past 6 months under the loving care of Stephen and Gerilyn. One nephew, Michael Westerman of LaSalle. His five grandchildren, Antonio C., Zach, and Marly Escatel; Rhyan and Alyson Westerman.
And that’s “What it IS” Peace.
In lieu of flowers, the family would like the memorials to be directed to Illinois Valley Pads P.O. Box 1012, LaSalle, IL 61301.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.PtakFH.com.