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Darris Westphal

Ireton, Iowa ~ Darris L. Westphal, 70, of Ireton, Iowa, died Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Hillcrest Health Care Services in Hawarden, Iowa.
Funeral Service will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at the First Reformed Church in Ireton, Iowa with Rev. Doug Van Aartsen officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. Visitation will begin at noon Monday, with the family present from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Porter Funeral Home in Ireton. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com. The Westphal family prefers memorials to the Ireton Christian School or Unity Christian High School in Orange City.
Darris L. Westphal was born May 23, 1945 in Hawarden, Iowa, the daughter of Pete and Viola (Hopp) Santema. She attended elementary school in Ireton and graduated from West Sioux High School in Hawarden, Iowa in 1963. Darris then graduated from Tyler’s Beauty School in Le Mars, Iowa. She met her future husband Harold Westphal from Lake Benton, Minnesota as a pen pal through a radio station program originating in Salt Lake City, Utah. They were married on November 26, 1977 at the First Reformed Church in Ireton. They made their home in Ireton.
Darris operated a beauty salon in Brunsville, Iowa from 1965 to 1983, when their daughter Sara was born. She was a member of the First Reformed Church in Ireton and a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. She enjoyed dogs, pets, and doing crossword puzzles and picture puzzles. The family would often go on long Sunday rides, sometimes up to 400 miles round trip!
Survivors include her husband, Harold and daughter Sara both of Ireton, Iowa; sister-in-law, Charmaine Santema of Prescott, Arizona; and 2 nieces, Rachel and Charisse.
She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Ronald Santema.


5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ,Monday, June 22, 2015
Porter Funeral Home ~ Ireton
502 7th Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. ,Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Ireton First Reformed Church
502 Ash Street Ireton, Iowa 51027

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To the Westphal Family. You have my sympathy for the passing of your beloved one.She did my hair numerous times and did a wonderful job. She will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Mary Marsh Jun 22 2015 12:00 AM

Dear Harold and Sara,
I express my sincere sympathy to you in the passing of your dear wife and mother. I will always have you in my memories. Thankfully we as Christians have assurance of eternal life. I pray God gives you strength during this difficult time. In Christ's Love ,
John Kooiman

John Kooiman Jun 20 2015 12:00 AM