March 2, 2019 — Richard “Wes” Westphal, 78, passed away Feb. 25, 2019 in Oroville, Wash.
Wes was a long-time Florence resident and past co-owner of World-Action Realty with his ex-wife, Linda.
He and Linda moved to Florence from Eugene in 1986. While in Florence, he received the Realtor of The Year award twice. He was active in the local Kiwanis and chairman of the first Fall Festival. He and Linda helped start the Florence Unity Church.
Wes moved to Washington in 2000.
While in Eugene, Wes worked as a loan officer for U.S. Bank. He helped organize and headed the Eugene Bicycle Committee for several years before turning it over to Ruth Bascom in the mid-1970s, riding his bike back and forth from home to the bank everyday.
He and Linda owned and operated The Market Place Antiques for many years.
Wes was born to Leon and Lucille Westphal in Cherokee, IA, June 29, 1940. He was the eldest of three boys.
His youngest brother, Marlin Westphal. lives in Rapid City, S.D.
Wes enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1957 and served four years. He always joked about being in the U.S. Navy and never having been on board a ship.
He leaves behind his ex-wife, Linda Westphal of Florence; their two children: Julie Westphal of Canby, and John Westphal of Eugene; two grandchildren: Jason of Nampa, Idaho and Jacob of Boise Idaho and two great-grandchildren of Nampa, Idaho.
Wes loved to interact with people. He was outgoing and generous with his time; a talented woodworker, handyman, artist and great pool player.
He was always friendly and willing to help anyone.
‘A memorial service was held in Oroville, Wash.