Dec. 2, 1944 - July 30, 2019
Gary L. Westberg, 74, Town of Ogema, passed away at Aspirus Care and Rehab in Medford on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, under the care of Hope Hospice and surrounded by his loving family.
Gary was born on Dec. 2, 1944, to Kermit and Florence (Nelson) Westberg. He attended Ring Elementary School, Town of Hill, and was a 1963 graduate of Prentice High School. Following high school, Gary joined the military and served in the Army from 1965 to 1967. On June 22, 1968, he was united in marriage to Karen Berg at First Lutheran Church in Ogema.
After the service, Gary was employed by Prentice Hydraulics, Omark Industries, Prentice Franklin Sales and Service, V and H, Inc. of Prentice, where he retired as Forestry Parts Manager. In his free time, Gary found joy in putting together jigsaw puzzles, listening to his grandsons’ stories, caring for the lawn and house, and the occasional trip to the casino.
Gary is survived by his loving wife, Karen, of Ogema; children: Kristin (David) Mabie of Kennan and Barbra Lutzke of Prentice; grandsons: Jeffrey (Jessie Denny) Mabie, Trevor Lutzke, Nicholas Mabie, Kyle Lutzke, and Chase Mabie; siblings: Betty (John “Bill”) Saari of Prentice and Marcia (Lonnie) Carlson of Ogema.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Stanley and Ronald Westberg.
Cremation rites have been accorded and a memorial service took place on Aug. 7, 2019, at First Lutheran Church in Ogema with Reverend Paul Oppedahl officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. Burial of cremated remains along with military rites performed by the Prentice VFW, will follow at Hillside Cemetery in Ogema.
Hemer Funeral Service of Medford and Rib Lake has been entrusted with arrangements. Online condolences can be left at www.hemerfuneralservice.com.