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Mr. Dennis Robert Westergaard
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“DENNY WAS NOT ONLY A GREAT PILOT BUT ALSO A GOOD PERSON TO KNOW. WILL MISS OUR TRIPS TOGETHER. F/A DARLENE. ”
1 of 28 | Posted by: DARLENE MCGREW - LAXDE, CA

“Dennis was great gentleman , with good taste in woman.....loved the family.....Dennis sure will be missed. Very truly Steve G ”
2 of 28 | Posted by: steve gurtman - CANOGA PARK, CA

“Remembering years of those '59ers gathering across the USA. The shared commradory of military and commerical aviation stories were unique and...Read More »
3 of 28 | Posted by: Richard and Beverly Stevenson - NV

“GOODBYE TO A VERY NICE AND WONDERFUL GUY......LOVE TO THE WHOLE WESTERGAAD FAMILY ”
4 of 28 | Posted by: steve gurtman - CANOGA PARK, CA

“Dear Charlene, We are so sorry to hear of Denny's passing. We send our love and prayers.. Jim and Susie ”
5 of 28 | Posted by: Jim and Susie Lindley - CA

“Charlene, Our heartfelt sympathies to you. Hugs and prayers. Love Cheryl and Jesus ”
6 of 28 | Posted by: Cheryl and Jesus Gonzalez - Eagan, MN

“Charlene, Being friends and neighbors for the past 13 years with you and Denny has been very enjoyable. The neighborhood dinner parties, our watchful...Read More »
7 of 28 | Posted by: Nancy and Bob Morrison - Indio, CA

“Charlene, I remember with fondness both you and Denny. You both lent a joy to the job at AA. I pray for your comfort and a peace in your heart. ...Read More »
8 of 28 | Posted by: Katherine Ramer Teissere - CA

“Charlene,Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your lossmy thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. I flew with...Read More »
9 of 28 | Posted by: Harry Kuehn - Las Vegas, NV

“Charlene... My deepest sympathies to you during your time of sadness. I'm very thankful I got to see both of you so recently at the reunion. ...Read More »
10 of 28 | Posted by: steve gottschalk - TARZANA, CA

“Greetings and condolences from a friend from the past I can't remember when I saw you last However, I wanted to let you know My thoughts and prayers...Read More »
11 of 28 | Posted by: Judy Hunter - Tucson, AZ

“Charlie; I am so very sorry about your Denny......I always remember as a very nice guy......my Charlie I only have great memories of you great couple...Read More »
12 of 28 | Posted by: steve gurtman - canoga park, CA

“Our Dear Charlene:We are so very sad to lose Denny. He was an inspiration and we always were amazed by his wonderful stories of both his past and...Read More »
13 of 28 | Posted by: Diane And Ron Trudel - CA

“Charlene, I am deeply sadened to hear of Denny's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this most difficult time. R.I.P....Read More »
14 of 28 | Posted by: Stephen Hansen - Phoenix, AZ

“DENNY'S SMILE MADE EVERY FLIGHT WITH HIM GRAND. SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS CHARLENE. DARLENE MCGREWGQSCU ”
15 of 28 | Posted by: DARLENE MCGREW - RPV, CA - FRIEND

“Denny was always so friendly and had a smile for everyone. We especially liked seeing him on his walks around the neighborhood. He will be missed...Read More »
16 of 28 | Posted by: Barbara Savery

“What a great privilege to have known Denny as a neighbor and friend. We will always remember his warm smile, his humor and the many stories of his...Read More »
17 of 28 | Posted by: Ruth & Bill Poulton - La Quinta, CA

“Great friend and co-worker at AAL. Will miss him at the 59'ers gatherings. Don Allen ”
18 of 28 | Posted by: Donald G. Allen - Las Vegas, NV

“I remember him as a very interesting man. He had a great sense of humor and a big smile. He will be missed by many people. My prayers go out to...Read More »
19 of 28 | Posted by: Diana Westergaard Jones - Eugene, OR

“Thank you for being a good brother in law and a great Marine. Thanks for everything, Dale ”
20 of 28 | Posted by: Dale vanderwater

“Rest in peace. Denny lived a great life and we will miss him. ”
21 of 28 | Posted by: Larry mcnabb - Danville, CA

“Charlene, our deepest sympathy to you and the family. The "59er" reunions will always be remembered.We will cherish the memories of the times we had...Read More »
22 of 28 | Posted by: Wesley Westmoreland

“Dearest Charlene, our prayers for comfort and peace are flowing. We grieve with you, and, at the same time, we celebrate Denny's life: his warmth,...Read More »
23 of 28 | Posted by: Margo and Jim Sorenson

“Great sadness and our sympathy on Denny's passing. It seems as though the 59ers are getting smaller every day. We have many fond memories of the...Read More »
24 of 28 | Posted by: Steve & Marilyn Falusi - FL

“Dear Charlene, My deepest sympathy on the loss of Denny. I know what you are going through as i lost my Diane 2 1/2 months ago. My prays and...Read More »
25 of 28 | Posted by: warren weinstein - CA - Friend

“Dearest Charlene, Our deepest sentiments are sent to you during this sad time. So glad we got to spend some time with you and Denny at the AA...Read More »
26 of 28 | Posted by: Anne Charrett - Thousand Oaks, CA

“We are thinking of you and want you to know how sad we are that you have lost your precious Denny. Our prayers are with you. Love to you and your...Read More »
27 of 28 | Posted by: Janet & Bob Heller - La Quinta, CA

“Our deepest sympathy for you Charlene. We are so saddened by Denny's passing. Hugs, prayers and love to you. ”
28 of 28 | Posted by: Sue & Steve Cooper


Dennis (Denny) Robert Westergaard passed away at home on July 10, 2014 in La Quinta, CA surrounded by family. He was born February 9, 1931 in farmhouse near Viborg, SD to Robert and Anna Marie Hansen Westergaard. A child of the depression years, Denny studied in a one room school house for 8 years before attending Viborg High School where he played football and in his senior year was homecoming king and student body president. He attended the University of South Dakota (USD) where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon as well as the Scabbard & Blade Honorary Military Fraternity for advanced reserve officers training.

He left USD in 1952 to pursue his dream of flying when he was accepted into the U.S. Naval Aviation Cadet Program at NAS Pensacola, FL. During flight training Denny qualified from the USS Monterey flying the F6F Hellcat. In 1953 Denny graduated as a Marine Corps 2nd Lieutenant having earned his navy wings of gold and went on to serve his country during the Korean War. He was first based in MCAS El Toro, CA assigned to the VMF-214, the Black Sheep squadron flying the F2H-4 Banshee. In the Spring of '54 he transferred to Kaneone Bay, HI, then to the VMF-311 based at K3 Korea in 1955. Over the years he flew the FJ-2 Fury, the FJ-3, the F9F-6 Cougar, F9F-8T and the AH-4B Skyhawk, Denny could fly them all. He was transferred to NAS Atsugi, Japan flying the FJ-2 before returning to the US. He remained on active duty through 1959 and then with the Reserves until ending his service to our country in August 1967 with the rank of Major.
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Military Service
U.S. Marine Corps • Major
1952 through 1967, NAS Pensecola