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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • Obit: Willard Lee Westad

  • Willard Lee Westad, 43, of Maddock, N.D,, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
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  • Willard Lee Westad, 43, of Maddock, N.D,, died Wednesday, September 19, 2012, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.
    Funeral services will be Monday, September 24, 1 p.m. at Leeds Lutheran Church with Pastor Richard Budd officiating. Burial will be in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, rural Maddock. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Nelson Funeral Home in Maddock.
    Casket bearers will be Dan Bonderson, Jr. Logan, Gene LaMotte, Scott Smith, Jon Hermanson, Curt Heilman, Cory Heilman, Mark Williams, Bob Beranek, Mark Lysne, Kenny Richter, Mark Wack and Dale Pfeifer.
    Willard Lee Westad was born March 31, 1969, at Cando, N.D., to Willard and Gladys (Gray-Johnson) Westad. He was raised on the family farm in Albert Township, rural Maddock. Willard attended the Maddock Public School, graduating in 1987. He then attended Lake Region College in Devils Lake, graduating in 1989 with a degree in agriculture. Willard farmed, raised cattle and worked for a time at Lake Region Grain in Devils Lake. He also had worked at the Rugby and Devils Lake Sale Barns, Strata Concrete in Devils Lake, trucked cattle and also worked for Sally Ebach in Minnewaukan. Willard married Denise McGath at Leeds Lutheran Church. Willard graduated from Auctioneering School in Mankato, Minn. in 2007 and purchased the Esmond Locker in 2008. Along with his wife and sons, operated the Westad Auction Company and the Esmond Locker until his death.
    Willard was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, rural Maddock and upon its closure, became a member of St. Petri Lutheran Church rural York, where he had served a term as president of the Leeds parish. He was a member of the Esmond Volunteer Fire Department and had served on the Albert Township board. Willard had been a member of a team roping circuit and pool league. He enjoyed dancing, welding and building things. During his youth he played basketball and had received many awards as a member of 4H and FFA.
    Surviving are his wife, Denise; sons, Kaleb and Kyler at home; sisters,  Carol (Everl) Erickson of Fargo, Doreen (Gary) Clock and Kathie (Tim) Eslinger both of Minot and Vonnie (Roger) Quam of Devils Lake; mother and father-in-law, Delores and Duane Wilcox of Devils Lake; brothers and sister-in-law, Greg (Cathy) McGath, Ken (Wonda) McGath, Camille Anderson and Steve (Tracy) McGath all of Devils Lake; uncle and aunts, Donald Gray in Washington state, Judy (Phil) DePlazes of Cando, Lois Korth of Qlintonsville, Wis. and Ruth Huie of Bedford, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews.
    Willard was preceded in death by his father in 1985, mother in 1994 and his grandparents.
    Nelson Funeral Home, Maddock, is in charge of arrangements.

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