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Presbyterian Church - Langdon
Thursday March 18th, 2021

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James L. Westphal

James Westphal, 78, of Mesa, AZ, and formerly of Clyde, ND, passed away March 8, 2021, at Banner Health in Mesa.

James Lyle was born April 1, 1942, to Gustav and Jessie (McLean) Westphal in Langdon, ND. He grew up and attended school in the Clyde area, graduating from Clyde High School in 1960. He continued his education at business college in Fargo. Upon graduating, he moved to Minneapolis where he worked until retiring. After retirement, he spent his summers at Coon Rapids, MN, for many years and wintered in Mesa, AZ, eventually living full-time in Arizona. He enjoyed collecting eagle memorabilia, doing home repairs, and spending time at the farm during planting and harvest seasons. He also enjoyed spending time with his family and tried to attend every wedding or graduation of family members. He was always helping people out in some way and was very caring.

Surviving Jim are his sister, Frances Lebrun of Langdon, ND; nieces: Debra (Jeff) Ryan of Langdon, Diana (Dale) Plummer of Langdon, Dawn Metzger of Fargo, ND, Darcy (Scott) Gellner of Langdon, Denise (Larry) Jacobson of Larimore, ND, Darelyn Kartes of Coon Rapids, MN, Dana LaCorte of West Palm Beach, FL; step-nieces and nephews: Carleen (Alan) Schill, David (Sharon) Lebrun, Julie (Darrel) Bachman, Janet (Tom) Schill; many great-nieces and great-nephews along and step-great-nieces and nephews; good friend Ron Tholkes; and several good neighbors and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers-in-law Dareld Feil and Bob Lebrun, and nephew Dean Feil.

A service for Jim will be held on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at Brooks Funeral Home in Langdon, ND. Social distancing and masks are required. A recording of the service will be available on the Brooks Funeral Home website in the late afternoon of March 18. Burial will be at Lebanon Cemetery later this spring.

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So sorry for the late post but just found out about the passing of Jim. Several years ago I worked with Jim at EY and we remained friends over the years. He was a special person - sending my condolences to his family.

Sharon Farrell Dec 6 2021 1:58 PM

So sorry for your loss of Jimmy. Always a happy fella that I remember.

Marcia Mclean Borden Mar 25 2021 12:00 AM

fran and family we have lost a true friend in your brother, he was like familyto scrlett and i, my granddaughter called him uncle, he did leave a lot of memories with me and i will keep those forever. bless you and your family. love richard and scarlett irvin

richard irvin Mar 18 2021 12:00 AM

Our sincere sympathy to Fran and family. We bought a trailer in Citrus Gardens 13 winters ago across the street from Jim and he was the first person we met. He came over to offer his tools and his help with our necessary renovations. He worked with us every day except for the days when Jim, Richard, Scarlet, Gwen and the Bradsteens and us would be off to golf at many different courses in the Phoenix area.
A sharing, caring, generous, special friend, who was gregarious, mischievous, with a twinkle in his eye! He was competitive and determined and tackled all things with a zest and passion. He had a sweet tooth especially for Frans brownies! He took a huge pride in his memorable Christmas ornaments. He was unique, one of a kind, a loving man....we will miss him and always have precious memories of our friendship.

Bruce and Linda McMillan Mar 17 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of James Westphal

Lloyd and Shirley Welsh Mar 15 2021 12:00 AM

I was shocked to hear of Jim's passing. I have a vivid memory of visiting Jim in Minneapolis years ago, where my family and I met him at his downtown office, and we went to a Minneapolis Twins baseball game. He would also often visit my grandparents, Gordon and Evelyn with Uncle Gus and Aunt Jessie. He was always there to lend a hand to anyone in Citrus Gardens and my mom and dad enjoyed happy hours and potlucks with Jim and everyone else. My dad and Jim could be spotted on the golf course daily, and then off to Harbor Freight for their daily deals. Jim will be missed dearly.

Debbie Hunter Mar 14 2021 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to Fran and family. I was surprised to hear of James passing. I had called him awhile back with no answer. He retuned the call a couple weeks ago with a good visit. He will be missed thinking of times we spent after high school and the times spent together here in Mesa

Dale R Brown Mar 14 2021 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to you Fran and your family in the loss of Jim. Wish we had known that he lived in Mesa. We are now wintering in Florence, AZ and would have enjoyed those Happy Hours with him. It is sad that our families have grown so far apart. Know that our thoughts are with all of you.

Pat and LaMoure Besse Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

Thinking of you and your family Fran. So sorry to read about your brother. Hugs to all.

Helen Rose Mar 13 2021 12:00 AM

Westphalia family, I just recently has reconnected with Jim with my mother's death Linda (hall) Schuster he was like a uncle too me. He would come out at Thanksgiving and he would bring box wine with as kids we could. Have just one small glass with the meal. Jim had his Christmas in June or July it was a fun time when your a young kid. Will miss Jim wish I had the time to have gone to visit him in Az. My deepest sympathies. Jackie Schuster

Jackie schuster Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM

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