December 20, 2022 at 2:48 p.m.
Herman H. “Hermie” Westendorf, 95, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Dec. 17, 2022, at CentraCare-Melrose Hospital in Melrose.
A Mass of Christian Burial was Dec. 20 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating. Interment was in St. Mary’s Cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard.
Herman Henrich Westendorf was born Feb. 13, 1927 in Millwood Township, Stearns County, to Joseph and Mary (Duevel) Westendorf. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II from 1945-47, serving in the Pacific Ocean on the USS Topeka and the USS Iowa. He was united in marriage to Norma Ann Budde May 29, 1950, at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Melrose. Hermie worked for Stearns Electric for 43 years as a lineman, foreman and a construction maintenance manager until his retirement in 1990.
He was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose, Melrose American Legion Post 101 and Schanhaar-Otte VFW Post 7050. Hermie served on the utility commission in Melrose, the planning and zoning committee and the cemetery board for St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s cemeteries. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and loved playing cards.
Survivors include his son, Dean Westendorf, of Burnsville; three grandchildren Nicholas, Ross and Leah Westendorf; and three great-grandchildren Hannah, Hailey and Matthew Westendorf.
Hermie was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Westendorf, Sept. 29, 2020; parents; brothers and sisters Sister Julietta Westendorf, O.S.F., Bernard “Ben” Westendorf, Mary Petermeier, Ann Lahr, Loretta Johnson, Rose Wiechman, Joe Westendorf and an infant brother, August Westendorf.
Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.