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James D. Westfall

August 13, 2019

James D. “Jim” Westfall, age 89, of Marysville, died peacefully Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at home following an extended illness. He was a Marysville and Union County political and civic contributor and a longtime educator and consultant to Ohio’s agricultural industry. He was a vice president for The Ohio Grain Company for 33 years and served on its board of directors. During his career, he was elected president of The Ohio Grain and Feed Association and was named to the boards of directors of the National Fluid Fertilizer Association, Ohio Foundation Seeds, Inc. and Ohio Pesticide Institute. After retiring from The Ohio Grain Company, he was program development specialist at the Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. He later founded Westfall Consulting where he continued to serve Ohio agriculture as a bankruptcy receiver for grain elevators. During this time, he was named to the board of directors of Sabina Farmers Exchange where he served for many years. Jim was a Union County commissioner from 1991 to 1994 and a Marysville city councilman from 1981 to 1987. A staunch Republican and a founder of the Union County Republican Century Club, he served as Chairman of the Union County Republican Party and Chairman of its finance committee. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church of Marysville where he served as Elder and trustee and assistant scoutmaster with Boy Scout Troup 101. He was past president of the Marysville Kiwanis Club, a little league baseball coach and a former member of the Union County Mental Health Board. He graduated from Woodstock High School in 1947 and received a bachelor’s degree from The Ohio State University in 1951. His honors included the 1979 Ohio Department of Agriculture’s Distinguished Service Award to Agriculture, Volunteer Excellence Award from the National Fertilizer Solutions Association, Honorary State Farmer Award, Honorary Chapter Farmer Award from Fairbanks, Marysville and Triad FFA Chapters, and the North American Plant Breeders Outstanding Associate Award. He enjoyed woodworking and playing bridge. A Union County Master Gardener, Jim was named the 2000 State of Ohio Master Gardener of the Year. He was born December 17, 1929 in Woodstock to the late James Donald Sr. and Gertrude Dunn Nelson Westfall; he was predeceased in 2003 by his first wife, Iverna Marie “Beanie” Burger Westfall and in 2007, by his second wife, Marilyn Coleman Botkin Westfall. He is survived by his life partner, Jacqueline Burkhouse; his two sons, Kirk (Nancy Kovacs) Westfall and Scott (Elisabeth Leisi) Westfall, both of Marysville; his daughter, Jody Westfall of Dublin; two granddaughters, Nicole (James) Donovan and Molly Westfall, both of Clintonville; his brother, Richard “Dick” (Jeanette) Westfall of Marysville; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and good friends. The family will receive friends 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Underwood Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, August 16, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church of Marysville. Rev. Jeffrey A. Schooley will officiate. Following a luncheon at the church, graveside services will be held at 1:30 p.m. at Oakdale Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to United Way of Union County. Condolences may be expressed to the family at


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