Eugene C. (Gene) Westerfeld, 78, passed away on October 25, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis, IN. Gene was born July 1, 1943, in Batesville, IN, to Raymond and Alvena (Siebert) Westerfeld.
He is survived by his wife, Virginia Westerfeld and two sons: Jeffrey A. (Darla) Westerfeld, Greensburg, IN, Douglas S. (Vanessa) Westerfeld, Greensburg, IN, eight grandchildren, Amanda J. Westerfeld, Steven A. Westerfeld, Zachery R. Westerfeld, Austin J. Westerfeld, Dustin A. (Liz) Westerfeld, Brett D. Westerfeld, Abigail K. Westerfeld, Isabelle V. Westerfeld, and three great grandsons, Allan Westerfeld, Ian Westerfeld, and Stark Westerfeld. Gene is also survived by one brother Steve Westerfeld, Holton, IN. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother Kenneth (Rita) Westerfeld.
Gene was raised on his family farm, just south of New Point, Indiana, and attended New Point High School. He spent those early childhood years working on the farm with his brothers and as a bag boy at the local Batesville Kroger. On February 8, 1964, he married his sweetheart, Virginia Westerfeld (Wilson). They were blessed with two sons, Jeffrey and Douglas, born in 1966 and 1970, respectively.
During those early years, he worked several jobs. Namely, Amos Plastics, Steinkamp & Company, Hillenbrands, and Public Service. In 1968 he took over the family business and was farming full-time until he retired in 2005.
Gene had a passion for farming, antique tractors, and frequenting the country roads of his “neighborhood” in whatever truck he owned at the time… which was probably red and always American-made.
Gene was a life-long member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Crossroads and the Fraternal Order of Eagles.
Visitation will be Friday, October 29, from 5:00 – 8:00 PM at Meyers Funeral Home in Batesville, IN. The funeral will be Saturday, October 30 at 10:00 AM at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Batesville, IN. Rev. Creighton Leptak Jr. officiating.
Memorials may be given to St Paul Lutheran Church Crossroad Cemetery Fund. They may be brought to services or mailed to: Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006. Condolences may be left for the family at www.meyersfuneralhomes.com.