Herbert Westphal Jr., 77, salesman, big-band lover

August 17, 2004|By Frederick N. Rasmussen | Frederick N. Rasmussen,SUN STAFF

Herbert H. Westphal Jr., a retired salesman and big-band aficionado, died of a stroke Friday at an assisted-living facility in Southern Pines, N.C. He was 77 and lived in Cedarcroft until two months before his death.

He was born in Baltimore and raised on Aisquith Street. In his youth, while a student at Polytechnic Institute, he delivered ice and worked for his father delivering The Sun.

Mr. Westphal served in the Marine Corps from 1945 to 1948.

"He learned to drive when a sergeant tossed him the keys to a jeep," said a daughter, Sandra L. Fenn of Eldersburg. "He always said, `The Marines made a better man and taught me discipline and respect for flag and country.'"

After being discharged from the Marines with the rank of corporal, Mr. Westphal attended what was then Towson State and earned three varsity letters playing soccer, baseball and wrestling.

He had played sandlot baseball in three state championships and had been a linebacker for the Highlandtown Rams and Hasslinger's football teams.

Mr. Westphal, who was divorced, often worked two jobs while raising his four children, family members said.

For more than 30 years, until his retirement in 1992, Mr. Westphal sold heating and air-conditioning systems and swimming pools.

He enjoyed dancing and listening to big-band music.

Mr. Westphal was a communicant of St. Thomas More Roman Catholic Church, 6806 McLean Blvd., where a Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Thursday.

Survivors include a son, Herbert William Westphal of Southern Pines; two other daughters, Deborah Ann Roguski of Eldersburg and Sharon Anne Wallace of Monroe, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

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