Duane F. Westphal

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Duane F. Westphal, age 83, of Johannesburg, MI, passed away on February 18, 2024, with his family by his side.

Duane was born June 16, 1940, in Saginaw, MI. 

He was employed at GM for 33 years before retiring and moving to Johannesburg, MI, where he and his wife, Royla, built their dream home on their 80-acre farm. He enjoyed working on his farm raising black Angus cattle, horses, sheep, and pigs. Duane was often found stacking hay, building barns, fixing broken fences, and gardening. He would never want to finish his chores in 1 day because he always said he had to save some work for tomorrow. In his earlier days, his many hobbies included hunting, fishing, gardening, and boating. He was known for his quick wit, his home cooking, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit. He was also an active member of the Northern Michigan Livestock Association in Gaylord, MI, for many, many years. Duane was always found with a smile on his face.

His family will miss his great advice, chatting on the phone with close friends and family, and his willingness to help. 

Duane was preceded in death by his father, Herman; mother, Madalyn; brother, Ken; and sister, Shirley.

He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Royla; five children, Lori, Scott, Seth, Karen, and Tonica; 17 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

A memorial service for Duane will be held on Monday, February 26, 2024, at 2:00 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home, (135 N. Center Ave, Gaylord, MI 49735). The family will receive friends at the Nelson Funeral Home on Monday, February 26, 2024, beginning at noon. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Duane’s memory may be made to the Otsego County 4-H program.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to the Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, PO Box 1548, Gaylord MI 49734.

3 comments on “Duane F. Westphal”

  1. If all men were as good as him, the world would be a better place.
    I will miss him very much. He was full of wisdom and so much common sense. I will miss the long talks we have together. I considered him my second dad. So many fond memories of him I will never forget

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