William Ferdinand Western, Sr., known by many as “Bill,” passed away on Sunday, January 26, 2020 at the age of 91.
Bill was born in New Orleans to the late Frederick S. Western and the late Mary Bonning Western. He grew up one of eight children, and is preceded in death by his siblings, Evelyn Western Bosworth, Frederick S. Western, Jr., Harold J. Western, Lloyd R. Western, Edith Western Tolx, and Doris Western Tate. Bill is also preceded in death by his grandson, Brett Western.
He is survived by his sons, William “Chip” Western, Jr. (Lynne), Blaine Western (Jackie), Gary Western (Kim), and Scott Western (Alexis); grandchildren, Tammy Western LaCour (Dale), Tory Western (Michell), Blaine “BJ” Western, Jr., Courtney Western Hicks (Cody), Connor Western, Burke Western, and Elle Western; great-grandchildren, Rebecca, Emily, and Megan LaCour, Tanner, Morgan, Mason, and Tinley Western, and Addison Hicks; as well as his longtime companion, Gloria Michler Western; and his sister, Ottilie Western Damore (Mike). Bill is also survived by numerous beloved nieces and nephews.
Bill proudly served his country as a member of the United States Navy during WWII. He worked for several years with CONCO Food Service, and even worked on the Steamer President. He identified most with his carpentry, however, and dedicated years to Tulane Hardwood and Lumber, Co. Always ready for a good time, Bill marched with the Lyons Carnival Marching Club during Mardi Gras. Never one to forget his spiritual duties, Bill served as an Usher at St. Henry’s Catholic Church. He will be missed by all who had the honor of knowing him.
Relatives and friends of the family are invited to attend a visitation on Saturday, February 1, 2020 beginning at 11:00 am at Garden of Memories Funeral Home, 4900 Airline Dr. in Metairie, LA. A brief prayer service will be held at 1:00 pm before a graveside blessing in Garden of Memories Cemetery.