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Lawrence C. Westerlund, age 74, of New Hope, MN died Sunday, May 3. Lawrence was born in Bricelyn, MN to Lawrence (Dutch) and Ella (Jimmie) Westerlund. He was Baptized and Confirmed at Bricelyn Lutheran Church. Bucky received his nickname from his Canadian Aunt's visit. She watched him proudly running in his red cowboy boots at 3 years old. She called him "Buckshot", which soon evolved into Bucky. He was born with a rare disease called Schinzel Giedion Syndrome, so he spent 2 years at Gillete Children's Hospital at age 11 and 12. He never forgot them and was extremely grateful for the education and care he received there. Bucky graduated high school in 1963, he then attended Dunwoody Institute in Minneapolis for a degree in Mechanical Drafting. He procured a job at Northern Ordinance Division of FMC Corporation in Fridley, MN. He started as a Drafter, then Mechanical Designer in Engineering. They are a major provider of caliber guns and launching systems for the military. Bucky developed expertise in the Engineering Standards Department for industrial and military drawings. He became the resident expert and "go to guy" with paper application of GD&T (a symbolic language to communicate assembly and part tolerances) To this day, when challenged with an application issue, his former coworkers say, "What would Bucky do?" He was a brilliant man, yet humble, never boasting of his achievements. No matter where he went, he would run into some former acquaintance who was thrilled to see him.
His reputation was one of kindness, caring, helpful and loving. Bucky had a playful sense of humor. He loved telling corny jokes and he had a contagious laugh. Bucky loved fishing, tinkering, family gatherings, and babysitting his two granddaughters who adored him. He brought joy to many and truly lived his faith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved wife Charlie.
Bucky is survived by his sister: Lorraine Obermeyer of Wells; his first wife and friend: Cheri Pieper; Children: Chad (Tami), Joseph (Suzy), Matthew (Binh), Eric Helmers, Kirsten (TK) Khan, and Mary (Ryan) Straight; Grandchildren: Gabrielle, Madison, Mason, Sophia, and Tyler; and loving extended family and friends.
Thank you to St. Therese nursing staff, MN Cremation Society, Sue at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home and especially to his step-daughter, Kirsten , who cared for her mom and "Buck" for many years performing all the tasks and errands with Sophia and Gabby at her side, as well as cleaning and cooking for them. Everything the girls did allowed them to stay in their home until Charlie's death and Alzheimer's sent Bucky to the nursing home; Even since then, she has looked over his care, with love and faithfulness. If anyone wishes to assist the family with memorials, please make payable to Kristen Khan, C/O Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home, 255 2nd Ave. SW, Wells, MN 56097.
A graveside service will be held at a later date in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, Seely Township, Faribault Co., MN.