Carl O. Westring


Carl O. Westring, retired financial executive, loving husband and father, died Friday, April 7, 2017. He was 99 years old. Mr. Westring was born November 6, 1917, in St. Cloud, Minnesota. After graduating high school in Ashland, Wisconsin, he took a job with Peoples Oil Company. He worked in the office and also worked as a station attendant and truck driver. He decided to attend Northland College part time and earned a year’s credits to transfer to the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1939. During his time at the university, Mr. Westring met Ruth, the love of his life. On their first date Ruth accidentally gave him a black eye reaching for her hat while riding in a convertible.

After World War II broke out, Mr. Westring volunteered and started in the Navy Air Corps. He reported to Iowa University for basic training, followed by flight training. After completing this phase he volunteered for the Marine Corps and was selected. He was chosen to become a flight instructor.

After World War II, Mr. Westring, his wife, Ruth, and their two daughters, Wanda and Karen, headed to Kansas City to look for employment. He started his career with Lunsford Barnes & Company, a CPA firm. While working here, Mr. Westring became good friends with Norman Cochran, Lee Beets, and Bob Charlton. After working for three years in public accounting, he sat for the CPA exam and passed. Mr. Westring then took a job as general manager for Phantom Products Company—a manufacturer of fiberglass fishing rods.

Early in 1951, Mr. Westring was called back to service for the Korean War. He received helicopter training in Pensacola, Florida. He was later transferred to El Toro air base in California. After serving his term of duty, Mr. Westring and the family returned to Kansas City in 1952. He obtained a job as treasurer for Charles E. Brown Printing Company. After seven years, he was hired as the controller for Burd & Fletcher, another printing company. Mr. Westring’s next position was as treasurer for Allied Egry in Dayton, Ohio, in 1968.

In 1971, Mr. Westring and family returned to Kansas City where he was employed by E-Con-O Pak Business Forms as the general manager. This company was eventually bought out by Data Documents. Mr. Westring was offered a job as vice president of manufacturing and moved to Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Westring was active in many professional organizations, including the Financial Executives Institute and the National Association of Accounting, serving as president of the local chapter.

In 1984, Ruth and Carl retired to Hot Springs Village, Arkansas, spending 29 years there. In Arkansas they enjoyed golf, bridge, fishing and church, and made many good friends.

Mr. Westring is survived by his wife, Ruth Crump Westring, two daughters, a son, six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.

A funeral service will be held at 2:00 on April 15, 2017, at the John Knox Village Chapel 400 NW Murray Road, Lee’s Summit, Missouri. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stowers Institute for Medical Research –

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