Rev. Paul Lawrence Westerlund

Westerlund, Rev. Paul Lawrence Paul died peacefully at Chapel View Health Care Center in Hopkins on January 21, 2023 at the age of 84. Paul was born on September 16, 1938, in Minneapolis, the son of Lawrence and Sophie (Soine) Westerlund. Paul graduated from Robbinsdale High School 1956, and the University of Minnesota, B.A. 1960, M.A. 1962. He was a US Naval officer 1962-1964 serving aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Ticonderoga in the Pacific Fleet. Following his honorable discharge, Paul studied at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA, earning his MDiv Degree 1972. He also received a graduate diploma from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO 1973. After missionary ministries in CA, Paul was ordained to serve as Pastor to Mount Olive Lutheran Church, Sebastopol, CA in 1976. He also served other churches in California, Colorado and Minnesota, preaching the Good News of the Saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul returned to Minnesota in 1984 to care for his mother, Sophie, prior to her death in 1995. Paul enjoyed backpacking, camping, and canoeing. While always embracing God's beautiful creation, he expressed, "my favorite spot on the whole earth is the Sierra Mts. between Yosemite and Tahoe." Paul is survived by many loving nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters and their spouses, Joyce (Dick) England and Betty (Eddie) Bruckelmyer; brother and his spouse, Warren (Marion) Westerlund; niece, Gail Westerlund; and nephews, Richard England and David Hendrickson. To God be the Glory for the faithful servanthood of Paul. Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM on Friday (Jan. 27) with visitation 1 hour prior at Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church 6544 16th Ave S in Richfield. Memorials may be made to Mt Calvary Lutheran Church or Chapel View Health Care, Hopkins. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226