Col. Paul Westin (AUGUSTA, Ga.)

AUGUSTA, Ga. - Lt. Col. Paul Westin, 76, of Augusta, a loving husband, father and friend and a veteran of two wars, died February 18, 2007 at Doctors Hospital. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Mickie, in late 2005 and by his two brothers, John and Fred. Lt. Col. Westin is survived by son, Robert Westin and daughter-in-law Melanie of Gray, Ga., son, David Westin of Augusta, Robert and Melanie's children, Kelly Griffin and Daniel Green, both of Macon and their grandchild, Gloria Griffin. A memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 3551 Wheeler Road, with the Rev. Robert Hunt officiating. The family will receive friends after the service at the home, 411 Shallowford Circle, Augusta. The inurnment at Arlington National Cemetery will be private. Lt. Col. Westin was born March 28, 1930, in the small Wisconsin town of Florence. He lived there until he attended the University of Wisconsinin Madison, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture. He later earned a masters degree in criminology at Michigan State University. After participating in the ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin, he entered the Army as a Lieutenant. He retired 25 years later as a Lieutenant Colonel. He served his country in the Korean Conflict and Vietnam War; worked in the military police and the Army Corps of Engineers; and was a director of the Department of Army-wide Training Support. He had tours of duty at Fort Benning, Ga.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Paris, France; White Sands, N.M.; Fort McPherson in Atlanta; Fort Gordon (twice) in Augusta; and Fort McClellan in Alabama. Lt. Col. Westin retired from the Army in 1977 and returned to Augusta. He worked as an insurance agent and later enjoyed early morning hours working as the area distributor of USA Today, Baseball America, The Wall Street Journal and Barons. He was an avid golfer who held memberships over the years at Armed Forces Golf Course, Green Meadows Country Club, Gordon Lakes Golf Course and West Lake Country Club. Lt. Col. Westin will be remembered for his easy-going demeanor, kindness and the pride he took in his Swedish heritage. He loved the Green Bay Packers, University of Wisconsin athletics and the numerous dogs he and his wife spoiled, including dachshunds, greyhounds and whippets. Lt. Col. Westin enjoyed reading The Augusta Chronicle, The Florence Mining News and the Army Times, and watching The O'Reilly Factor. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Andrew Presbyterian Church or Doctors Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, (attention Bart Grey) for a new fleet of wheelchairs, as per Lt. Col. Westin's wishes. Thomas Poteet and Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484. Sign the guestbook at

The Augusta Chronicle-February 20, 2007