Westcott, Richard Daniel

Posted: Wed 1:14 PM, Mar 27, 2013
Funeral Home: Helke
Richard Daniel Westcott (Dick), 79, of Wausau passed away on Monday, March 25, 2013, surrounded by his family at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born January 16, 1934 in Wausau to the late Daniel and Veronica (Haelke) Westcott. Dick was a graduate of Wausau High School and attended UW-Marathon County. He served as a gunnery sergeant in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and upon his return served 8 years in the Marine Corps Reserve. Dick married Darlene Glasel on September 10, 1959. They raised three children, Daniel, Darcey and Darla. Dick was the Director of Engineering at Marmet; Assistant Manager of Manufacturing at Greenheck; General Manager at Wausau Chemical; and then started his own business as Westcott Company Structured Settlements.

He was an active parent at Zion Lutheran School and served as president of the PTA. He helped his son win first place in the Pinewood Derby in cub scouts. He served as president of the Wausau Area Personnel Club, was in Jaycees, and also a very active member of the Wausau Elk’s Lodge, serving as Exalted Ruler and Chairman of the Trustees. He received an Elk of the Year award and he and Darlene received Couple of the Year award.

He had many interests including stamp collecting, flower gardening, putting together puzzles, golfing and cooking gourmet Sunday brunches for his family. He especially enjoyed fishing and making woodworking projects with his grandchildren. Dick was a voracious reader whose favorite authors included Webb Griffin, Lee Child and Tom Clancy. He and his son exchanged books weekly.

His quiet strength touched many hearts.

Survivors include his wife Darlene of Wausau; 3 children, Dan (Karen) Westcott, Darcey Westcott and Darla (Craig) Zastrow all of Wausau; 7 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 2 sisters, Jackie (Harlow) Hustedt, Rib Mountain and Patsy Westcott, AZ; 3 brothers, Ronald (MaryAnn) Westcott, Athens, Michael (Karla) Westcott, Wausau and Timothy (Clarice) Westcott, Carlton, MN.

Visitation will be Monday, April 1, 2013, beginning at 4 p.m. at Helke Funeral Home, Wausau. Memorial services begin at 6:30 pm. Wausau Elks will perform its traditional memorial ceremony followed by the Christian service at 7 p.m. officiated by Rev. Ted Gulhaugen, of Zion Lutheran Church, Wausau. You may sign our family guest book at

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