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Kenneth Westby - Year Entered 1959

Kenneth Westby



Our good friend Ken Westby, age 77, died this morning, Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016, at 3:50 Pacific time. He had been under hospice care at home for about a week. He passed peacefully with JoAn and their two daughters there with him.


There will be a private committal service for the family within a few days. Then JoAn is planning a celebration-of-life service for sometime in March.


--Dixon Cartwright

Cards may be sent to:


The Westby Family

17837 First Avenue South, #400R

Normandy Park, WA 98148



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12/17/16 10:51 PM #1    

Henry Sturcke (1970)

Grateful to Dixon for posting this, but also for reintroducing the two of us years ago at the annual SBL meetings. Was in in Toronto? Not sure anymore. Ken and I had a lively discussion; pretty sure I failed to convince him of the import of Thomas's exclamation toward the end of the Fourth Gospel. Still, the encounter formed an indelible memory.

Condolences to his family.

12/18/16 04:18 PM #2    

Milo Wilcox (1961)

It is with sadness I learned that Ken died. Ken was an inspiring leader. I was his ministerial assistant in Wichita, Kansas in 1966-67. He treated my like a brother and inspired me to serve the brethren with zeal and passion. In March of l974 Ken  invited Al Portune and David Antion to the home of Tom Williams in Richmond, VA. Al and Dave exposed the unimaginable (to me) corruption of the WCOG leadership in Pasadena to about 35 of us ministers. Al and Dave went back to Pasadena and we thought some meaningful and needed changes would be made. The changes took place long after we were out of the WCOG. It  took a lot of courage and conviction for Ken to stand up to the leaders. It cost him his job and a lot more to stand up for Truth. A lot more of the history is contained in past issues of the Journal. The sacrifices of Ken and his family were great. Thousands of people who know nothing of what happened have benefitted from Ken's stand for truth and integrity. His passing is a great loss to many. May God grant his wife and children peace and inspiration from his example.  Milo Wilcox

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