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Obituary: Harold Vaupel

Harold Dean Vaupel, age 67 of Westbrook, passed away suddenly on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at the Windom Area Hospital. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, September 10, 2008 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Westbrook. Visitation will be 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, at the Westbrook Funeral Home with a 7:00 p.m. prayer service. Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Wednesday. Interment will be in the Westbrook Cemetery. The Westbrook Funeral Home is handling the arrangements. Email condolences may be sent to:

Harold Dean Vaupel was born on June 5, 1941 in Osceola County, Iowa to William and Doris (Niffenegger) Vaupel. He was baptized at Sibley Methodist Church on April 5, 1942. Harold attended Bean Lake Country School District 71, started high school in Storden, MN and graduated from Westbrook High School in 1958. He went on to attend the University of Minnesota for two years studying agriculture. Harold was united in marriage to Catherine Will on November 17, 1962 in Walnut Grove, MN. Harold grew up on a farm in Westbrook Township and farmed with his dad and brother until he retired, in 2004. He was a member of the Lions Club and served on the Westbrook Elevator Board. Harold was active in St. Anthony Catholic Church, where he served on the church council and as an usher. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, woodworking, bird watching, stargazing and enjoying morning coffee with friends. Harold enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

Harold is survived by his wife Cathy Vaupel of Westbrook; mother Doris Vaupel of Westbrook; children: Karen (John) Gries of Burnsville, MN and Mike Vaupel of Russell, MN; grandchildren: Brittany and Kelsey Gries and Trevor and Ali Vaupel; brothers and sisters: Nancy (Lowell) Tjentland of Windom, MN, David (Donna) Vaupel of Windom, Brian (Connie) Vaupel of Westbrook, and Marilyn Kopperud of Denver, CO; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his father William.