Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr.

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Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr.

Syracuse - Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr. was born February 12, 1929 in Gerlane, Kansas to Hugo L. Westphal Sr. and Margaret F. Iford Westphal, and was the oldest of six children. He passed away October 5, 2021 in Syracuse, NE at the age of 92 years, 7 months, 23 days.

Hugo graduated from Isabel High School, and served in the United States Navy. After discharge, he worked a variety of jobs and spent over 32 years of his career working at Champlin and Anadarko Petroleum companies in Kansas and Nebraska. He married Clara Ethel Childers and they moved to Superior, NE where they raised their three sons, Hugo III, Stephen and Matthew.

Upon retirement from the oil company, Hugo received a very distinct call to become a pastor for the United Methodist Church. He graduated from St. Paul's Seminary and Southeast Community College, accepting his first pastoral assignment at the United Methodist Church in Cook and Elk Creek, NE. In 1992, he married Kathleen (Purcell) Westphal and they began their life together. He subsequently served parishes of Genoa, Denton, Pleasant Dale, Raymond and Roca as a United Methodist pastor.

Hugo was a 50+ year member Master Mason in Superior Lodge No. 121, and Sir Knight in the Palmyra Commandery No. 27 Knights Templar of Superior, NE. He was also a member of the Lions Club and American Legion in Superior. Hugo loved traveling, Aldersgate retreats, and family gatherings.

Hugo is preceded in death by his parents Hugo and Margaret Westphal, his brother Kenneth Westphal, his brother Ronald Westphal, son Hugo L Westphal III and grandson Tristan Westphal. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; son Matthew (Karla), Lawrence, KS; son Steve (Michelle) of Lawrence, KS; daughter-in-law Annie Westphal; brother Dr. Dan Westphal (Phyllis) of Boca Raton, FL; brother Carl Westphal of Seabeck, WA; sister Nancy Schukman (Dr. Jay) of Richmond, VA; step-daughters Shelley (Dale) Wagner, Cindy (CJ) Freeman and Deb (Wes) Connaway; grandchildren Schuyler Westphal and Chanelle Ludwig; great-grandchildren Quinton, Nevada, Aurora and Athena; six step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A service will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE on Tuesday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel. The service will be livestreamed on the Fusselman Facebook page. Internment will be in Isabel, KS at a later time.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE

Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com

Posted online on October 12, 2021

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Obituaries in Syracuse, NE | Syracuse Journal Democrat

Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr.

Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home

Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr.

Syracuse - Hugo Louis Westphal, Jr. was born February 12, 1929 in Gerlane, Kansas to Hugo L. Westphal Sr. and Margaret F. Iford Westphal, and was the oldest of six children. He passed away October 5, 2021 in Syracuse, NE at the age of 92 years, 7 months, 23 days.

Hugo graduated from Isabel High School, and served in the United States Navy. After discharge, he worked a variety of jobs and spent over 32 years of his career working at Champlin and Anadarko Petroleum companies in Kansas and Nebraska. He married Clara Ethel Childers and they moved to Superior, NE where they raised their three sons, Hugo III, Stephen and Matthew.

Upon retirement from the oil company, Hugo received a very distinct call to become a pastor for the United Methodist Church. He graduated from St. Paul's Seminary and Southeast Community College, accepting his first pastoral assignment at the United Methodist Church in Cook and Elk Creek, NE. In 1992, he married Kathleen (Purcell) Westphal and they began their life together. He subsequently served parishes of Genoa, Denton, Pleasant Dale, Raymond and Roca as a United Methodist pastor.

Hugo was a 50+ year member Master Mason in Superior Lodge No. 121, and Sir Knight in the Palmyra Commandery No. 27 Knights Templar of Superior, NE. He was also a member of the Lions Club and American Legion in Superior. Hugo loved traveling, Aldersgate retreats, and family gatherings.

Hugo is preceded in death by his parents Hugo and Margaret Westphal, his brother Kenneth Westphal, his brother Ronald Westphal, son Hugo L Westphal III and grandson Tristan Westphal. He is survived by his wife Kathleen; son Matthew (Karla), Lawrence, KS; son Steve (Michelle) of Lawrence, KS; daughter-in-law Annie Westphal; brother Dr. Dan Westphal (Phyllis) of Boca Raton, FL; brother Carl Westphal of Seabeck, WA; sister Nancy Schukman (Dr. Jay) of Richmond, VA; step-daughters Shelley (Dale) Wagner, Cindy (CJ) Freeman and Deb (Wes) Connaway; grandchildren Schuyler Westphal and Chanelle Ludwig; great-grandchildren Quinton, Nevada, Aurora and Athena; six step-grandchildren, one step-great-grandchild; numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.

A service will be held at St. Mark's Methodist Church in Lincoln, NE on Tuesday, October 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel. The service will be livestreamed on the Fusselman Facebook page. Internment will be in Isabel, KS at a later time.

Memorials are suggested to the family for later designation.

Arrangements By: Fusselman Allen Harvey Funeral Home, Syracuse, NE

Condolences to www.fusselmanallenharvey.com

Posted online on October 12, 2021