Westchester resident Earle Lord, a former longtime local school counselor and World War II veteran, has died. He was 89.

Memorial services for Lord were held July 9 at the Congregational Church of the Messiah in Westchester, with minister David Gray officiating.

Lord earned his bachelor of arts and master’s degrees from the University of Southern California and worked as a school counselor for 32 years at Palms Junior High School.

He had served with the U.S. Coast Guard and the Merchant Marines during World War II.

Following his retirement from teaching, Lord served in several volunteer capacities with organizations including the Los Angeles Police Department and the Westchester Public Library.

A writer, Lord published numerous mystery stories and several novels. He was also an avid gardener of vegetables and flowers and shared them with friends and neighbors.

Lord is survived by his wife of 66 years, Marjorie; daughters Betsy Haffner of Kennewick, Wash., and Katy Lord-Morrison of Ann Arbor, Mich.; son Bill of Westchester; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to the Butman Fund of the Congregational Church of the Messiah.