WesterRay450    Raphael C. Wester, 89, of Independence, Iowa, and formerly of LaPorte City, Iowa died peacefully on July 28th, 2014 at the Buchanan County Health Center in Independence, IA.
Raphael was born June 22, 1925 in LaPorte City, Iowa, the son of Hubert & Christina (Becker) Wester.  He attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Gilbertville, Iowa.  He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1944 and served proudly until his Honorable discharge in 1946. On February 3, 1951 he married Geraldine F. Murphy in Waterloo Iowa. He was employed at Kroblin Transportation and was a long haul truck driver for over 40 years, and enjoyed every minute of his time on the road.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother Cleo Wester, and a sister Lora Shepard Kohl.
He is survived by his wife, Geraldine, his children Delores Wester, Waterloo, IA, Mary Wester, Nashville, TN, Tom (Linda) Wester, Virginia Beach, VA, Joel Wester, Waterloo, IA, Andrea (Tom) Huston, Independence, IA, June (Mike) Bartlett, Waterloo, IA, Richard (Rene) Wester, Liberal, KS, Ruth Wester, Waterloo, IA, and Geri (Don Murtha) Wester, Victor, IA, 17 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild, 2 brothers Jerome Wester, Independence, IA, and Eugene Wester, Waterloo, IA, and sister Dorothy Blocker, LaPorte City, IA.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 AM Thursday, July 31st, 2014 at St. John’s Catholic Church, Independence, with Rev. Don Plamondon officiating.  Interment in Westview Cemetery, LaPorte City, IA. Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM Wednesday and from 8 to 10 AM Thursday at the Reiff Funeral Home & Crematory in Independence, IA. A Rosary will be held at 4 PM and wake service at 7:30 Wednesday
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Cedar Valley Hospice 801 1st St East, Independence, IA 50644 or the Northeast Iowa Food Bank 1605 Lafayette St., P.O. Box 2397, Waterloo, IA 50704
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