Oswald LaDue Westgard, 92, formerly of Plaza, ND, died Saturday, July 12, in a Houston, TX assisted living facility.

Oswald LaDue Westgard, 92, formerly of Plaza, ND, died Saturday, July 12, in a Houston, TX assisted living facility.

Funeral service will be Friday July 18 at 11 a.m. at First Lutheran Church in Plaza.  Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church.  Burial will be Saturday at 1:15 p.m. at Rosehill Memorial Park.  

Oswald was born to Alma and Julius in South Dakota on January 27, 1922. In 1925 they moved to Plaza ND. He started school in a country schoolhouse. He opened the Farmers Union 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 out west and worked at McDonald Douglas.

He returned to Plaza and enlisted in the Navy on October 2, 1942. Ozzie was honorably discharged in March 1946. He was proud of his service and a member of the Bangen-Moen post 119, serving as commander for four years and Post historian. He carried the flag at the July 20th celebrations and Memorial Day parades for many years.

On October 22, 1948, at Plaza, Ozzie was united in marriage to Opal Lyslo. Ozzie farmed and they raised their family in Plaza. In December 1959, he was appointed Postmaster in Plaza and 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 rocks. 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. He had a great sense of humor, loved a good joke and had many friends.

Ozzie 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" for being here today.

Those who shared in his life are his wife, Opal Westgard; daughters, Kyann (Joel) Schneider, Jan (Fidel) Rodriguez, Joy (Ronnie) Coote; son, Clint (Linda) Westgard; sisters, LaVonne(Robert) Patten, Carol (Jeff) Evenson; 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

Ozzie was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Morris and Gene; and Sister, Helen; Sister-in-laws, Josie and Phyliss; brother-in-law, Hank Jorde.

Thompson Larson Funeral Home, Minot, ND is in charge of arrangements.