Richard “Dick” R. Westpfahl, 69, of Tomah, died Friday, August 3, 2012 at the Tomah Healthcare Center. He was born on March 5rd 1943 to Raymond and Gertrude (Musch) Westpfahl in Sparta. Dick grew up in the Reel’s Valley area and was a member of the Tomah Senior High School Graduating Class of 1961. He was united in marriage to Margaret Rucinski in 1966. In 1976 he married Linda Meltz, with whom he had 3 children, Jason, Michelle, and Julie. On February 27th, 1999 he was united in marriage to Jean Anderson at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church. He loved spending his time with his family, reading, fishing, playing cards, snowmobiling and his “red tractors.” He also loved his dogs and sharing his model trains with his grandchildren. He enjoyed playing the piano and accordion, and the past years the tuba. He was a faithful member of St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church. He was proud to continue the family Century Farm, which was started in 1868 by his great-grandfather, Gottlieb and Amelia Westpfahl. He retired from milking cows in 2005 but continued growing crops for several years. He was also a supervisor for the Town of Adrian for many years. Dick was a proud husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle. He is survived by his wife Jean, a son Jason (Denice) Westpfahl of Oswego, IL. 2 daughters Michelle of Weston, WI, and Julie (Ben) Halpern of Coon Rapids, MN, 4 step-children, 6 grandchildren, 10 step-grandchildren, 2 sisters, Luann (Glen) Marten of Tomah, and Marsha (Dan) Grygleski of Tomah, many nieces and nephews who were very special to him, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2012, 11:00 A.M. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church, 525 Superior Ave., Tomah. Burial will be in the Mount Vernon Cemetery, Town of Tomah. Relatives and friends are invited to call on Monday from 4:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. at the Sonnenburg Family Funeral Home, 801 E. Monowau Street, Tomah, and on Tuesday at the church from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service. Online condolences may be given at www.sonnenburgfamilyfh.com