Karl R. Westphal

A funeral service was held Friday, February 27, 2015 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Devils Lake for Karl R. Westphal, 71, of Munich.


Posted on 2/27/15

He died peacefully in his home surrounded by loved ones on February 23, 2015.

Burial and Military Honors will be accorded in the spring at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery, rural Munich.

Karl was born September 27, 1943 in Langdon. He was the youngest son of Henry and Ada (Tennison) Westphal of rural Clyde.  He attended and graduated from Clyde High School in 1961. On October 16, 1965 he was united in marriage to Faye Henderson of rural Calvin. He farmed three miles east of Clyde, first with his father and then later with his son up until his death. “Farming is a good life,” these were his own words and his livelihood was one of his greatest joys. They raised three children on the farm and were proud of the heritage they were able to share with them. He was a member of the North Dakota National Guard, Huron Township Board, Zion Lutheran Church of Munich, and the Devils Lake Elks Lodge. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren, hunting, fishing, gardening, grilling, and socializing. Traveling to south Texas with his wife was something he looked forward to every fall – together they enjoyed this for the past 20 years. In recent years he struggled with health problems, however, his faith and humor helped him find happiness in the gravest of situations.

He was survived by his wife of 49 years, Faye Westphal; three children–Gwen (Michael) Johnson of Chanhassen, Minn., Jeffrey Westphal of rural Clyde, and Heidi (Ryan) Peterson of Minot; five grandchildren– Cameron Johnson, Alexander Johnson, Carter Peterson, Lauren Peterson, and Nathan Peterson; brother – Alan (Marge) Westphal of Minot; sister– Janice (Henry) Dosch of Fairbanks, Ala.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was loved and will be missed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Ada and in-laws Garrett and Lucille Henderson.

Gilbertson Funeral Home of Devils Lake was in charge of arrangements.