He titled the book, “The Simple Story of an Ordinary American’s Life”.

But “ordinary” is a subjective word.

Paul Westervelt walked many paths during his 91 years, leading him through abundant struggles and as many triumphs. With his memoir, he reflects on each step as he moves forward toward his final unknown destination.

And while Westervelt may question the fate of his soul, his words bear an unquestionable love for his family.

Westervelt’s story starts in a lean-to on a homestead house and ends with a simple dedication:

“This partial life’s story of an ordinary American, whose thoughts and deeds outclassed reason, was written for my family and friends.”

To read more about Paul's book, his life and his love for his "angel," pick up the Dec. 3 edition of the Pioneer or subscribe to our E-edition. Current subscribers are provided complimentary access to the e-edition with registration.

By Lindsey Erin Kroskob / Pioneer Editor

Feature photo by MACKENZIE REISS / Big Timber Pioneer
Other photos courtesy of Paul Westervelt