Wayne C. Westphal (1927-2020)

        Wayne C. Westphal, 92, a resident of Kenosha, passed away on Wednesday, January 1, 2020 at Froedtert South – St. Catherine’s Hospital, comforted by his sons. Wayne was born in Kenosha to the late Alfred and Anna (Tucholl) Westphal on May 14,1927. He graduated from Kenosha High School and joined the Army in July 1945. He was proud to serve in the 4th Construction Regiment stationed in Linz, Austria. After his honorable discharge, he worked for the next 50 years creating the printing templates for the Kenosha News. On December 3, 1949, he married Anita Cerveny at Grace Lutheran Church. Throughout their life together, they were members of the Kenosha Band Boosters, Girl Scouts of America, CYO Emerald Knights parents, Racine Kilts cook squad, and Grace and Trinity Lutheran Church. In his younger days, Wayne was an avid bowler and fast-pitch softball pitcher. He never failed to follow his children during their activities from car racing to music. As a grandparent, he knew where every exciting excavation project was happening in Kenosha.  There were many gulls and ducks that benefited from his outings with his grandkids.

        Wayne is survived by his wife of 70 years, Anita; three children, David (Linda) Westphal, Wendy (Michael) Farrell, and Randy (Lisa) Westphal; seven grandchildren, Christopher (Wendy Will) Westphal, Julie Westphal, Ryan (Stephanie) Farrell, Brooke (Ethen Perez) Edwards, Kyle, Tyler & Katy Farrell; a great-granddaughter, Vivian Perez; his great-grandson, Farrell (due in March); two brothers, Rodney and Dick Westphal; brother & sisters-in-law, Glenn (Donna) Cerveny and Marlene Binninger.

       He was preceded in death by his brothers and sisters: Vernon, Alfred, Merle, Robert, Beatrice, Irene, Eleanor, Delores and Shirley and his grandson, Anthony Edwards.

        The family would like to thank the staff at Meadowmere Assisted Living for their friendship and Kindred Hospice for their kindness and guidance.

       A service with full military honors will be held at 10:00 A.M. on Monday, March 9, 2020 at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in Union Grove.


  1. Randy & Family: On behalf of the Kenosha Fire Department Family, both ACTIVE and RETIRED members, our sincere sympathy to all of you on your loss of Wayne. We share in your sorrow. We wish you many fond memories of Wayne, and the good times that you all shared together as a family. In sorrow……Richard “BO” Bosanko
    Battalion Chief-Retired; Kenosha Fire Department

    • Thanks chief , dad loved to watch the fire Dept clowns play baseball ⚾️, he also made it to a few fires before we did , have pictures!!! Shots of korbel on Monday, RW

  2. Westphal family,
    I was saddened to read of Wayne’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with Wayne for many years at the Kenosha News. Besides being an excellent plateman in the pressroom, he was always personable and had a smile for everyone everyday. In addition, he was our #1 Collect Runs fan and scorekeeper. My condolences to Dave, Wendy and the entire family. He will be missed.
    Fred Ricker

    • Thanks, Fred
      As you know, dad lived and breathed printer’s ink. The Kenosha News was a big part of our family. Our job is to continue spreading smiles.


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