Christopher Charles Westlake ’87

Christopher Charles Westlake '87Christopher Charles Westlake, faithful husband, father, brother, son, and friend embraced his Lord and Savior on September 5, 2018, after a courageous and valiant battle with throat cancer.

Chris was born on October 16, 1964, in La Mesa, California, and moved to Bozeman, Montana, in 1969 with his family where they purchased Midwest Welding.

Chris entered Bozeman Senior High School in 1979. There he played varsity tennis and football along with the trumpet. He graduated from BSHS in 1983 as co-valedictorian with a 4.0 GPA.

Chris went on to attend Davidson College in North Carolina where he graduated with a BA in French and a Minor in Economics in 1987. He completed his junior year abroad while attending a school in Montpellier, France. In 1989, Chris went to Naval Officer Candidate School graduating number one in his class. He joined the Naval Supply Corps where he served honorably from 1989 to 1995 with the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.

While serving in the Navy in Washington, DC, Chris met the love of his life, Amy, on September 13, 1991. Chris and Amy married on August 28, 1993, at Soldier’s Chapel in Big Sky, Montana. They were happily married for 25 years. While in DC, their first son, Ryan, was born.

Following his service in the Navy, Chris received his MBA from Duke University in 1997 after which he accepted a position with Hewlett Packard in Boise, Idaho. There they added three additional children to their family, Connor, Daniel, and Kathryn. It was also in Boise that the Lord called Chris and Amy to saving faith.

After living in Boise for seven years, Chris felt the Lord leading him to join his dad, brother, and uncle, Val Lint, in the family business, Midwest Welding. So, in 2004, he moved his family to Bozeman, Montana, and served as the CFO until 2009. Chris completed his career doing what he loved and did best; helping people and businesses to thrive as a business consultant from 2009 to the present.

Most importantly, Chris was a faithful man of God, who adored his family and friends. He was a passionate conversationalist who loved to get to the heart of the matter. He had a witty sense of humor and an amazing gift with languages and accents. He was an incredible family man who devoted his life to his wife and children, supporting them in everything that they did.

He coached years of baseball and enjoyed taking tens of thousands of photographs from the sidelines of the many sports activities his children played. He was their biggest fan and greatest supporter. He loved people and would do anything to help them and point them to the Lord. He took great joy in being a Bible Study Fellowship leader for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Amy; children, Ryan, Connor, Daniel, and Kathryn; father, Chuck; mother-in-law, Barbara Jones; brother and sister-in-law, Doug and Robin Westlake; brothers-in-law, Dean and Mark Jones; nieces and nephew, Megan and Madison Westlake, and Matthew Jones. He is preceded in death by his mother, Patricia Westlake, and his father-in-law, Bob (Rial) Jones.

Donations may be made in Chris’ name to Paul Tripp Ministries, 7214 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19135.

A graveside service with military honors will be held, Thursday, September 13, at 11 a.m. at Sunset Hills Cemetery, Veterans section. A memorial service will follow at 12 p.m. at Grace Bible Church with refreshments to follow.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service.

Copyright (c) 2018 Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Alex Hayden ’89

Aaron Alexander Hayden (Alex), 50, of Seattle, was killed in a hit-and-run bicycle accident on Saturday, July 14, 2018. 

Alex was born and raised in Athens, Ga. He was a graduate of Davidson College, Davidson, N.C., and spent his junior year abroad in Wurzburg, Germany.

After two years teaching English with the JET program in Toyama, Japan, he settled in New York City and began his career as a photographer. After several years in New York, he and his wife Susan decided to make their home in Seattle.

Alex loved his job as a commercial photographer. His career took him all over the country for architectural and interiors photo shoots. He thrived on the creative challenges of photography and the opportunity to work with different collaborators on each project.

Alex enjoyed year-round bicycling, playing and watching soccer and exploring new music (while remaining loyal to The Clash). But most of all, Alex was devoted to his wife Susan and children, Charlie,16, and Clara,14.

In addition to his wife and children, Alex is survived by his mother, Elaine Lawson Kalber, Hickory, N.C.; his stepmother, Ellen Hayden, New York, N.Y.; sisters, Stephanie Hayden Belcher, Winston-Salem, N.C., and Jennifer Hayden Adolph, Virginia Beach, Va.; and multiple extended family members.

He was preceded in death by his father, Neil Steven (Buddy) Hayden.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25, at 2 p.m. at University Congregational United Church of Christ, 4515 16th Avenue E., Seattle, Washington. A reception at the church will immediately follow the service. 

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to Bikeworks ( or Cascade Bicycle Club ( in Alex’s name.

Published on from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2018

Emmy Knobloch ’82

Emmy Knobloch '82Dr. Emily Jean Knobloch of Jackson, Wyoming died peacefully surrounded by her family from complications of melanoma on May 18. She was born July 10, 1960 to Emily Champion and the late Carl William Knobloch, Jr. in New York City. Emmy lived a life full of love, courage and achievement.

Emmy graduated from the Westminster Schools (Atlanta, Georgia), Davidson College and the University of Minnesota Medical School. At Davidson, Emmy captained the tennis team, was Davidson’s very first female All-American in any sport and was elected to Davidson’s Hall of Fame. At Minnesota Medical School, Emmy was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society.

After starting on Wall Street, she found her passion caring for patients as an internal medicine doctor. Dr. Emmy, as she was fondly called, loved her patients and the staff at St. John’s Hospital in Jackson. Her family was also lucky to benefit from her incredible skills, most especially her late father Carl and her partner Robert.

Other interests during her life were horses, playing tennis, fishing expeditions with her father, and rescuing dogs, of whom there were many and all much beloved. She was a Rowland and Ward record book holder and won awards for her marathon times. Most importantly, she knew what she loved, people and animals, most especially stray dogs.

Emmy was an active contributor to her community in Jackson, Wyoming including having served as the Chairman of the St. John’s Hospital board and Medical Director of the St. John’s Living Center in addition to her private practice. She was also a Director of the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.

So many extraordinary doctors and caregivers have been part of Emmy’s courageous fight against melanoma. We will keep the specific list short and only note very gratefully her care from St. John’s Hospital, Huntsman Cancer Institute and Dr. Martha Stearn.

She is survived by her mother Emily Champion Knobloch, her partner and best friend of many years Dr. Robert Berlin, dear 4-legged child Dr. Shami, sisters Carla Knobloch and Eleanor Knobloch Ratchford (Tom) and her two devoted nephews Joseph Thomas Ratchford III and James William Ratchford. She is also survived by many dear cousins, including Stevens Sharkey and George Champion, whom she considered as brothers.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Emmy and celebrate who she was with acts of kindness to others.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, May 24  at 11am at First Presbyterian Church in Atlanta . A celebration of Emmy’s life will also be held in Jackson Hole at a later date. There will be a private burial at Putnam Cemetery in Greenwich, Connecticut.

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution from May 20 to May 22, 2018

Doug Crosby ’80

Mr. Robert Douglas (Doug) Crosby, 59, of Connelly Springs passed away on March 6, 2018 at Carolina Rehab Center of Burke after complications from pneumonia.

Mr. Crosby was born on May 16, 1958 to the late Willard Lee and Gertrude Lambert Crosby in Augusta, GA. He was an Eagle Scout, a member of Morganton First Church of God, a Mason, a member of Burke County GOP. Recently he was a GOP consultant on the campaigns of Congressman Mark Meadows and Lt. Gov. Dan Forest.

Those left to cherish his memory are his wife Syvana Crosby of the home; three sons: Roger (Rachel) Crosby of Cajah’s Mountain; Josh Crosby of Burke County; Robert (Angela) Crosby of Connelly Springs; daughter Stacey (Jay) Crowe of Valdese; step-son Jason (Lea) Huffman of Salisbury; brother Tom (Donna) Crosby of Drexel; grandchildren Natalie Grace, Natalie Rose, Arabella, Dawson, Xander, Tristian, Abbi; nephew Tom Crosby II; and furbabies Cricket and Roxie.

Funeral services for Mr. Crosby will be held Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Morganton First Church of God with Pastor Jon McDivitt officiating. The family will receive friends 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m. and the service will begin at 3:00 pm.

The family requests a memorial be made to .

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