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Billie Westergard, 79, of Smyrna Delaware, passed away in the comfort of his home on Friday, October 4, 2019.
Billie was born on October 7, 1939 in Brigham City, Utah five minutes ahead of his twin brother Bobbie. Billie is the son of Orlee Ander Westergard and Roma Agnes Campbell Westergard. The family moved to San Diego, CA in 1941.
After high school Billie joined the US Air Force and after attending many AF schools was transferred to Dover AFB in Delaware as a C-133 aircraft mechanic. He met his beautiful wife Sylvia Ann Devenney and they were married on February 18, 1961. Together they raised four children.
Billie served in the Delaware Air National Guard for 22 years as a Flight Engineer on C-97, C-130, C-141 and C-5 aircraft clocking over 4,000 flight hours. He flew missions all over the world including Viet Nam and achieved the rank of Master Sergeant in the US Air Force.
While serving in the Air Guard Billie worked for DuPont as a Project Engineer and retired in 1992 with 32 years of service. After retirement he returned to the workforce as a contractor for DuPont and earned a second retirement from Sargent & Lundy. Billie also started his own company “Oceania Trading” providing Import, Export and Technology Transfer with people in Russia and Africa.
Billie’s second love - his first love being Sylvia - was Astronomy. He served as President of the Delaware Astronomical Society for three 2-year terms. He was also a Technical Associate and Trustee of Mount Cuba Astronomical Observatory for the past 32 years. He co-authored the Hotson/Westergard Universe Model introducing an original theory on the formation of all structures in the universe. Many of his papers on Structure, Formation, Cosmology and Practical Physics were published by various scientific journals including Infinite Energy and Galilean Electrodynamics. Billie was a lifetime member of the Natural Philosophy Alliance. Billie enjoyed sharing his passion and knowledge of Astronomy with others. He was a mentor volunteer serving schools in Salem County, NJ through the Educators and DuPont – Partners in Science program.
Billie was an Elder, Missionary and Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In his own words, “I am, and always will be, in love with my wonderful wife Sylvia and our children. What a fantastic childhood and life I have been allowed to enjoy. And, by the way, my brother Bob is the best man I have ever met in my life. Love to all, Billie”
In addition to his parents Billie was preceded in death by his sister Bettie Jean whom he dearly loved and his twin brother Bobbie.
Billie is survived by his wife of 58 years, Sylvia, their four children Shelly Westergard of Wilmington, DE, Holly Westergard of Wilmington, DE, William Westergard (Patricia) of Newark, DE and Lara Lea Tozer (Chris) of Newark, DE; grandchildren Anneleise, Keiffer, Brynee, Kyle, Christina, Tyler and Nathan; great grandchildren Sylvia and Victor; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
A memorial service for Billie will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2019 at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Rd.,Pike Creek. Visitation is at 11:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at noon. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Billie’s memory to the Air Mobility Command Museum @ amcmuseum.org/support-the-museum/ where he volunteered as a tour guide every Thursday for the last ten years.