Oswald LaDue Westgard, 92, Houston, formerly of Plaza, died Saturday, July 12, 2014, in a Houston assisted living facility.
He was born to Alma and Julius in South Dakota on Jan. 27, 1922. In 1925 they moved to Plaza. He started school in a country schoolhouse. Julius opened the Farmers Union station in 1933. Ozzie and his brothers worked at the station throughout high school, driving gas trucks. Ozzie graduated from Plaza High School in 1939. He enjoyed telling stories about playing football. After high school, he furthered his education by attending the North Dakota State College of Science in Wahpeton. In 1941, he went to the West Coast and worked at McDonald Douglas.
He returned to Plaza and enlisted in the Navy on Oct. 2, 1942. Ozzie was honorably discharged in March 1946. He was proud of his service and was a member of the Bangen-Moen Post 119, serving as commander for four years and as post historian. He carried the flag at parades for many years.
Ozzie was united in marriage to Opal Lyslo on Oct. 22, 1948, at Plaza. Ozzie farmed and they raised their family in Plaza. In December 1959, he was appointed postmaster in Plaza. He retired on March 30, 1981. Ozzie continued to farm and we all have memories of learning to drive in the old grain trucks and picking rock. He retired from farming in 1985.
During retirement, Opal and Ozzie traveled, staying in Texas in the winter and at a Lake Metigoshe cabin during the summer months.
Ozzie had a lot of energy. He was very involved and committed to the community. He was a Boy Scout leader and several of his Scouts made the rank of Eagle. They went to many campouts and jamborees. Ozzie was a member of the fire department for 31 years and was a member of the ambulance squad. He was church council chairman and instrumental in building the new church.
Ozzie always had time for fun and travel. His family has lots of good memories of road trips, camping, hunting, boating, water skiing, tobogganing around the streets of Plaza and many games of cards at family gatherings.
Ozzie had a great sense of humor, loved a good joke and had many friends. He was always there for anyone who needed him. He was a wonderful man, who was always patient and a great example to many. He will be greatly missed by his family. And as Dad would say, "Mange Tusen Takk."
Those who shared in his life: wife, Opal Westgard; daughters, Kyann (Joel) Schneider, Jan (Fidel) Rodriguez, Joy (Ronnie) Coote; son, Clint (Linda) Westgard; grandchildren, Andrea Hendricks, Sara Welder, Brice Schneider, Vanessa Rincon, Garrett Rodriguez, Josie and Archie Coote, Sam and Leo Westgard; great-grandchildren, Allie and Jonah Welder, Olivia and Lucas Rincon; sisters, LaVonne (Robert) Patten and Carol (Jeff) Evenson.
Ozzie was preceded in death by: his parents; brothers, Morris and Gene; sister, Helen; sisters-in-law, Josie and Phyliss; and brother-in-law, Hank Jorde.
Funeral service: Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m., at First Lutheran Church in Plaza.
Burial: Saturday, July 19, at 1:15 p.m., at Rosehill Memorial Park in Minot.
Visitation: Friday, July 18, one hour prior to the service at the church.
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