Reuben "Wes" G. Westphal, April 24, 1929 - June 9, 2019

Reuben "Wes" G. Westphal
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Reuben George “Wes” Westphal passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on June 9th, 2019 after a short stay at Prairie Pointe in Altoona, Wisconsin. 

Wes was born April 24, 1929 to Reuben and Hattie Mae (née Albee) in Frederick, Wisconsin.  He was a 1947 graduate of Monroe High school in St. Paul, MN and then a 1951 graduate of Macalester College, also in St. Paul.

After graduation, he purchased a farm in Lesterville, SD.  His first ‘real’ job was with US Steel Corporation.  Along the way, some of his business ventures included Indianhead Warehouse, Chippewa Valley Development Corporation, Westphal-Colbert Rentals, Chippewa Valley Warehouse, the Eau Claire Athletic Club and the famous ‘Golden Goats’ in the 1980s.  He was also associated with the Eau Claire Incubation Center, Phillips Properties and the Eau Claire County Economic Development Program.  He was also a long time member of the Eau Claire Country Club and a board member of the Chippewa Valley Technical College.

Wes married E. Armelle (née Gunderson) in 1950 and had children DiAnne, KarAnne, Kim and Dirk.

Later, he married Barbara (née Truso) in 1964 and had children Jon and Mark. 

He then married Trudy Day (née Price) on Valentine’s Day in 1993.

Some of his favorite things were vacationing with Trudy in St. Maarten each February, flying his planes - including his home built Long-EZ to the annual EAA convention, skiing in Vail and staying at the Tivoli Lodge, fly-in fishing and camping in Canada, deer hunting at the Johnson/Westphal deer shack and cruising the world with his family. 

Wes is survived by wife Trudy, daughters DiAnne (Moise) Riboh, KarAnne (Steve) Harju and sons Jon (Nola) Westphal and Mark (Tonya) Westphal and stepdaughter Sheila (Tony) Christner.

He is also survived by grandchildren Myriam, Ariele, Jonathan, Alyssa, Emily, Bethany, Ryan, Kate, Nicholas, Andrew, Joseph and Sydney as well as great-grandchildren Claire and Ethan.

He was preceded in death by his parents and infant sons Kim and Dirk.

Please join the family in celebrating Wes’ life on Friday, June 21st at 11:00 am at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1314 E. Lexington Blvd., Eau Claire, Wisconsin, 54701 with Pastor Sarah Semmler Smith officiating.  Burial will take place immediately following the service in the Scandinavian Lutheran Cemetery in Eau Claire.   Visitation will take place on Thursday evening from 4-7 pm at Hulke Family Funeral Home from 4-7 pm and at the church on Friday morning from 10 am until the time of service.

In lieu of memorials and flowers, please consider donating to your local chapter of Ducks Unlimited. Family and friends may offer condolences online at

Hulke Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Jennifer Greenberg June 21, 2019

    We are so sorry for your family’s loss. Sending you all our love.

    Matt, Jenny, Kaitlyn, Ryan & Jake

  2. Doug & Kathryn Steinmetz June 20, 2019

    Jon and Family,
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to your family during this difficult time. Please know your Father is safely home with his savior.

  3. Jack and Margo Mettler June 18, 2019

    We enjoyed knowing Wes and Jack especially remembers fishing trips with Wes and always enjoyed his company.
    Those were very good times.
    Jack and Margo Mettler

  4. Lisa Kohlhepp-Le May June 17, 2019

    My sincere condolences to the family. I knew Wes during my days at the scrap yard next door to Indianhead Warehouse. He was a hard-working man whose professionalism I always admired.

  5. Betty Hovey June 17, 2019

    I am so sorry for your loss Trudy. You were such a wonderful wife to Wes. We both know what great things he did for so many. He will be sorely missed. It's hard to believe how many years have passed since our days at Indianhead. Lots of memories.
    My sincere sympathy, love and blessings to you Trudy, and the family.

  6. Paul Wiersgalla June 16, 2019

    My deepest condolences on the passing of Wes, a good man who did great things and lived a very full life. Peace be with you all.

    Eternal rest grant onto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine on him.

  7. Jim Atchison June 15, 2019

    My condolences for your loss.

  8. Jill Paape June 15, 2019

    So sorry for your loss Trudi and family. Thoughts and prayers are with you at this time so sadness????????

  9. Kim Ottinger June 15, 2019

    Sending Prayers And Thoughts Out To Trudy And The Family. And You Have My Deepest Sympathy And Sorry For Your Loss.

  10. Robert Alderson family June 14, 2019

    Growing up with our cousins Jon and Mark gave my brothers and I many special memories of Wes. We extend our sincere condolences to his entire family, you inspired him to share his passion to achieve.

  11. Carl and Joye Dobos June 14, 2019

    To Trudy and the Westphal Family,
    Our deepest sympathy from your neighbors in Wissota Woods.

  12. craig carlson June 13, 2019

    Wes, Was a true gentleman in every way and I thoroughly enjoyed working with him to make Eau Claire and the Chippewa Valley a great place to live. My condolences.