Roger “Butch” Westphal, Albion Center


Roger "Butch" Westphal, age 83, of Albion Center entered into Eternal Life on Friday, January 16th, 2015.  Butch was born March 1, 1931 in Howard Lake to Frederick and Mabel (Jestus) Westphal.  Butch's mother passed away when he was 3 weeks old.  He lived with relatives in Belle Plaine, MN until age 6 when he came back to live with his Dad and siblings in Howard Lake.  He graduated from Howard Lake in 1949.  Butch honorably served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
On September 10, 1955 he was united in marriage to Lois Engel at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake.  Butch and Lois were blessed with 51 years of marriage and 4 children before Lois's death in 2007.  Butch and Lois were self employed and worked alongside each other at various retail businesses for many years in Aitkin, Howard Lake, Cokato and Albion Center.  Butch also was employed as a Deputy Sheriff in Aitkin County and was a volunteer fireman for many years.  He played for and managed the Howard Lake Orphans Baseball Team in his younger days.  His last business venture prior to retirement was working at Harold's Shoe Repair in Little Canada, MN with his two sons.
In retirement he enjoyed building picnic tables and woodworking.  Butch was a Charter Member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  He enjoyed playing cards, gardening, visiting with people, nature and animals.  He had a great sense of humor, a knack for making people feel comfortable, and knew when to add a witty remark or sarcasm.  Butch made many new friendships in his final year at Cottagewood Assisted Living.  Most of all Butch loved God and his family.
Butch was preceded in death by his wife Lois; son-in-law, Dan Jost; sister and brother-in-law, Eleanore and Gervase Sexton; brother and sister-in-law, Don and Shirley Westphal; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Mel and Helen Engel. 
He is survived by his children, Wendy Jost of Annandale, Wayne (Joy) Westphal of Vadnais Heights, Wanda (Mike) Gagnon of Waverly, and Wyatt of Vadnais Heights; 5 grandchildren, Andy (Christine) Gagnon, Penny Westphal, Luke (Amy) Gagnon, Kelly Westphal, and Jesse Westphal; 3 great grandchildren, Jace and Drew Gagnon, and Baby Gagnon expected anyday; brother and sister-in-law, Wilfred and Mary Westphal; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dale and Bonnie Engel and his beloved cat Fluff. 
Funeral services for Butch will be held Friday, January 23rd, 11 am at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake, visitation will begin at9 am prior to the service at the church.  Memorials are preferred to Holy Cross Lutheran Church.  Pallbearers are Andy, Luke, Christine, and Amy Gagnon, Penny, Kelly, and Jesse Westphal, and Bill Westphal.
Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial and Cremation Services of Maple Lake.