Harold F. H. "Pete" Westphal
Harold Fredrick Herbert "Pete" Westphal, age 78 of Bonduel, passed away Sunday, August 18, 2013 in Shawano. Born on October 27, 1934 in Bonduel, he was the 6th of 7 children born to Fred C. and Lydia (Deede) Westphal. Pete attended St. Paul's Lutheran School in Bonduel and graduated from Bonduel High School in 1953. He was a member of the Conference Champion Boys Basketball Team and was chosen as Prom King. He also played football, baseball and ran track. After graduation Pete joined the United States Air Force
, undergoing basic training at Sampson A.F.B in New York and went on to further training in Biloxi. He was stationed in Anchorage, AK at the very end of the Korean War
, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant in charge of air freight. He was then transferred to Donaldson A.F.B in Greenville, SC. On June 3, 1957 he was united in marriage to Darlene Fischer at the Trinity Lutheran Church in LaMoure, ND. The couple moved to Greenville where Pete served out his time in the service, which was a total of 5 ½ years, attaining the rank of Master Sergeant. Pete furthered his education through the G.I. Bill, attending the University of UW-Eau Claire and UW-Stevens Point, obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in 1960-1961. He received a job teaching history at Cedarburg High School where he also coached basketball, football and summer baseball and also served as department chair of the history department. In 1967-1968 Pete took a sabbatical to receive a Master's Degree in education from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, KS, and then returning to Cedarburg to continue teaching. In March of 1970 and 1972 Pete's daughters, Julie and Heidie, were born. In May of 1972, Pete and his family moved back to Bonduel to farm the family farm on Porter Road. In addition to farming, he served as county assessor for the townships of Hartland, Waukechon and Red Springs for 13 years. In 1987 Pete retired from farming by selling the cows and taking his family on road and camping trips around the United States including, Florida, Washington D.C., Niagara Falls, New York and North Dakota as well as to Canada and many sights in between. In retirement, Pete worked at DHI/CRI in Bonduel as a soil sample collector for 10 years, driving all around the state of Wisconsin. He also served as Vice President of the St. Paul's Bonduel Chapter of Aid Association for Lutherans for a number of years. In November of 2008, Pete and Darlene sold the family farm to the Amish and moved into the Village of Bonduel, although Pete missed the farm terribly. In recent years, Harold suffered from Alzheimer's disease and was moved to Woodhaven Manor in Pulaski where he lived for one week prior to his death Sunday morning due to complications from Pneumonia. Although he was a private man, Pete enjoyed spending time with his family, researching genealogy, working in the garden, wood burning and other crafts, singing, keeping up on national and world news and teaching his daughters self-sufficiency, the benefits of hard work, and a love of reading and education. He told great stories about Harry Houdini and sang folk songs to his children and recently enjoyed playing with his grandson. Pete marched to the beat of his own drum. He will be truly missed.
Pete is survived by: his beloved wife of 56 years, Darlene; his daughter, Heidie (Chad) Westphal Dunn of Twin Lakes; a grandson, Braden; 2 brothers, Alfon (Dolores) of Shawano and Kasper (Maurice) of FL; a sister, Marian (Ted) Kupsky; and many nieces and nephews.
Pete was preceded in death by: his daughter, Julie "Tristam" Westphal; his parents; 2 brothers, Gerhart and Victor (Florence); and a sister, Mildred.
Private family services were held. Swedberg-Wendt Funeral Home in Bonduel assisted with the arrangements.www.swedbergfuneralhome.com