Lewis O. Westcott, 97, died September 26, 2014 in Prairie Village, Kansas at his home. He is survived by his wife Nancy Sue, two daughters Nancy W. Anderson (Mark) of Fairway, KS and Shirley A. Westcott of Washington, DC, 2 grandchildren Dane Anderson and Chris (Jennifer) Anderson, and half-brothers Paul (Bernadette) Westcott and David (Jeanne) Seyfarth, step-children Janet (Steve) Weidner, Julie (Brad) Shotton, Jill (Ed) Chavez and step-grandchildren and great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.
He was born 2 June 1917 in Syracuse, NY, to Sidney B. and Florence Henry Westcott, who preceded him in death as did his brothers Percy and Frank, and half- brothers Stewart, John, Robert and Byron and half-sister Grace. He lived in central New York State until 1937. He has lived in the Kansas City area since 1946. He married Margaret Anne Laughlin Welch who died in 1986 after 35 years of marriage. He remarried in December 1989 to Nancy Sue Davis Edwards Cook and is survived by her.
He attended Syracuse University, University of Illinois, and night school at the University of Kansas City and the University of Missouri at Kansas City
He was a Naval aviator in WWII serving with Patrol Bombing Squadron 33, and Patrol Bombing Squadron 206 on anti-submarine patrol in the Caribbean area and barrier patrols between Corinto, Nicaragua and the Galapagos Islands and Salinas, Ecuador in the Pacific to protect the Panama Canal from Japanese attack. He also flew anti-submarine patrols with Patrol Bombing Squadron 206 on the east coast of U.S., and flew transport in the Naval Air Transport Squadron 3 at the Naval Air Station at Olathe, KS from 1947 through 1959. He attained the rank of Commander. He had about 23 years active and Reserve duty, and was a member of the Retired Reserve.
One of his more memorable flights was in April 1945 when he led a flight of three PBM-3S twin-engine seaplanes escorting President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the U.S.S. Augusta on his return from Malta with his meeting with Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin.
He owned and operated Westcott Traffic Service and was President of Industrial Traffic Service, Inc. (transportation consulting services and freight traffic managers). He served on a Transportation Law Delegation of the Association of Transportation Practitioners through the People to People’s Citizen Ambassador Program to the Peoples Republic of China in 1988. He was on a People to People Anniversary Caravan to the Soviet Union in 1991 as a Small Business Representative. He was also on a People to People Mission of understanding to the People’s Republic of China in 1992.
He was Past President of the Kansas City Chapter of Association of Transportation Practitioners, Industrial Traffic Managers Assn., Tedrow Transportation Library Assn., Prairie Fields Homes Assn., The Homes Assn. of the Country Club District. He was Treasurer of the Old Olathe Naval Air Museum and had also served as Registrar of the Society of Stukely Westcott Descendants of America.
He was a member of the Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village over 50 years.
Charities and worthy organizations: The Salvation Army, and the City union Mission in Kansas City, MO.
Memorial service will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 3, 2014, at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, KS. Cremation. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charitable organization of your choice.