Max Westercamp

Written by Theresa Rose on April 16, 2019

Max Clair Westercamp, 74, of Bonaparte, Iowa, passed away at 2:01 p.m. Monday, April 15, 2019, at the Great River Medical Center in West Burlington, Iowa.

He was born on February 23, 1945, in Van Buren County, Iowa, the son of John and Elsie (Triplett) Westercamp. After his military service, he married Gail Salyers on December 28, 1968, in Kahoka, Missouri.

Survivors include his wife: Gail of Bonaparte; four children: Tony (Rebecca) Westercamp of Mt. Sterling, Christine (Eric) Carlson of Fairfield, Keith (Sara) Westercamp of Bonaparte and Amanda (Neil) Bates of North Liberty; eleven grandchildren: Cody (Tawsha), Tyler (Samantha), Nicholas (Amanda), Danielle (Ian), Tayler, Kaylee, Emma, Paige, Kera, Jonah and Maxwell; seven great grandchildren: Elizabeth, Jamie, Keiten, Peyton, Addison, Aiden and Bentley; two sisters: Velma Caston and Audrey Caston; five brothers: John Charles, Rex, LaVerne, Marvin and David Westercamp. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews.


He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Hubert and two sisters: Vivian Kreiss and Joyce Keller.


Max grew up on his parents’ farm near Bonaparte. He was a 1963 graduate of Harmony High School. He served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War (being a veteran was of utmost importance to him). After the service, Max married his wife Gail, and purchased his first farm near Revere, Missouri. They later purchased a farm near Bonaparte, Iowa. Max’s passion was farming. He raised and sold hogs and cattle and also farmed his land. He was a member of the Bonaparte American Legion. Max enjoyed all aspects of animal husbandry, the outdoors, hunting with his family and purple martins. He placed his highest priority on his family. His greatest joy was spending time with his grandchildren.


His body has been entrusted to Schmitz Funeral Home for cremation.


Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson, Iowa.


A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, April 18, 2019, at Schmitz Funeral Home in Donnellson with Pastor Mark Caston officiating.


Burial will be at Greenglade Cemetery in Farmington, Iowa with full military rites presented by the Bonaparte American Legion.


In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his memory to the American Cancer Society.


Schmitz Funeral Homes is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences to the family may be made at