Richard James Westfall has been welcomed into the arms of our Lord and Savior after he passed peacefully at his home in Lebanon, Oregon on Sunday, October 6, 2019, from a short bout with cancer. He was born on March 11, 1950 to India and James Westfall who preceded him in death. He graduated from Stadium High School in Tacoma, Washington in 1968, and later attended CSI in Twin Falls, Idaho. He met and married his wife, Betty, in 1973. He worked at several different jobs during his life, ranging from farming to music to owning a business, but his real passion was being a DJ on the radio. He had a huge following wherever he worked, entertaining folks with his funny comedy bits, many of which he created himself. In 1988, he was diagnosed with primary progressive MS. He was no longer able to do a lot of the things he loved, including radio and fishing. But he kept himself active and mentally alert by pursuing some of his hobbies, including restoring old radios, faceting gemstones and collecting stamps. In 1993, Richard and Betty adopted their two young foster children, James and Jon. Richard was their main caregiver for the next 8 years. By 2001, he was wheelchair bound by his MS, but that did not keep him from taking trips, enjoying his hobbies and helping his wife with an online business. He is survived by his wife, Betty and son, Jon. He is also survived by five sisters, one brother, and many nephews and nieces. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, James, and one sister.
Graveside services will be held in Idaho and a celebration of his life will be held later in Lebanon. Special thanks goes to Lumina Hospice for the comfort they provided the past few months, and to his two special caregivers, Tammy and Trudy who brightened his every day.