MILWAUKEE-Joseph D. Linnane, a 54-year veteran of the tire industry who finished his career with Jim Patterson Tire Service in Milwaukee, died July 1 in his Milwaukee home following a heart attack. He was 74. Mr. Linnane was born into a family that had a long history with Goodyear. Two of his brothers worked for the tire maker and his father, Thomas, was the first superintendent of Goodyear's Wolverhampton, England, plant.
Mr. Linnane began his own career with the firm in Akron in 1941, becoming one of its first employees to enter the ``Goodyear Squadron''-an employee cross-training program-after he returned from a stint with the U.S. Navy. For a time, he worked as a troubleshooter on the production and maintenance of Goodyear-manufactured blimps.
In 1954 he was transferred to Appleton, Wis., where he eventually moved into sales. Three years later he went to work for General Tire and later for Lubotsky Tire.
Mr. Linnane retired as a store manager for Pomp's Tire Service and then went to work part time at Jim Patterson Tire.
Survivors include his wife, Rita; four sons; one daughter; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill.-Inventor and engineer Carl Westergaard, 83, of Barrington, Ill., died of congestive heart failure, Aug. 2, in Northwest Community Hospital, Arlington Heights.
Mr. Westergaard worked for Walco National Inc., which owned Mitts and Merrill Inc. of Saginaw, Mich., from 1968 to 1982, when he retired as chairman of the board for Mitts and Merrill.
He patented the impact sensing device used in the company's tire shredders. The device instantaneously stops shredder blades when it senses an overload, preventing blade breakage.
Mr. Westergaard leaves his wife, Margaret, and three sons.