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Edwin H. Westphal
August 31, 1912–December 22, 2008

Edwin H. Westphal, 96, of Maquoketa, formerly of Wyoming, Iowa, died on Monday afternoon, December 22, 2008, at the Jackson County Regional Health Center in Maquoketa, Iowa.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 A.M., Monday, December 29, 2008, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, with Rev. Gerald Gjerde officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11:00 A.M. on Monday, December 29, 2008, from the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa. Burial will be in the Wyoming, Iowa Cemetery.
Edwin H. Westphal was born on August 31, 1912 near Wyoming, Iowa, to John H. Westphal and Wilhelmina C. (Busch) Westphal. He attended the Wyoming Schools. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith at Zion Lutheran Church in Wyoming, Iowa. He helped build the present church at Zion in Wyoming and was a member of the men’s group. He was a member there until 1976 when he joined the First Lutheran Church in Maquoketa, Iowa.
Edwin had farmed with his father except for a short time when he worked for Blackhawk Foundry in Davenport, and the Savanna Ordinance Depot, Savanna, Illinois. He then returned to the farm to assist his father.
In January of 1944, he married Leona R. Busch and they farmed in Jones County near Wyoming, Iowa for many years, until moving to Maquoketa in March of 1976.
Edwin assisted and encouraged his sons in their 4-H livestock projects. He delighted in the activities of his daughters. He assisted and encouraged his wife in her recovery of poliomyelitis in 1947 and 1948.
Edwin was a hog, cattle and sheep farmer, and raised corn, oats and hay. He served several terms on the Jones County Agricultural Stabilization Committee while he farmed.
After moving to Maquoketa he held part-time jobs at Lamb Fertilizer and at River Village Apartments. He did carpenter work by finishing the basement in his home, and he enjoyed gardening and doing yard work.
Edwin is survived by: his wife Leona Westphal of Maquoketa; sons Leslie (Judy) Westphal of Oswego, Il., & Duane Westphal of Maquoketa; daughters Barbara (Phillip) Hueneke of Bellevue, & Marilyn (Dale) Belter of Covington, WA; six granddaughters Whitney Westphal, Laurie Hueneke, Jennifer (Brett) Hueneke Shaw, & Lisa Hueneke, Sarah Belter & Kelly Beltner; a grandson Bobby Belter; & numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, an infant grandson, sisters Wilma Strong and Helen Long, and four nephews.

Submitted by: Janet A. Brandt
Source: Midland Times, Wyoming, Iowa, 26 Dec 2008


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