Gael Owen Westerhoff

Gael Owen Westerhoff, 82, of LaGrange.  Beloved husband of the late Mary Jean.  Loving father of Lisa (John) Houk, Eric (Melissa), Cory (Shawn) and the late Kurt (Laurie) Westerhoff.  Devoted grandfather of Ben and Morgan Houk, Alec, Conor, Dylan, Braden, Keaton, Dan, Logan, Sydney, Taylor, Sadie and Drew Westerhoff.  Dear uncle of Rick (Pam), Russell (Terry) and Diane Bates.  Fond brother-in-law of Sue Kibler.  Visitation 3 to 9pm Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017 at Hallowell & James Funeral Home, 1025 W. 55th St., Countryside where Funeral Service will be held at 10:30am Monday, Aug. 14, 2017.  Interment Fairmount Willow Hills Memorial Park.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to American Cancer Society or Adventist St. Thomas Hospice appreciated.  Gael worked for Amoco Oil Co. for 34 years.  He was active in the community, serving as a Trustee for the Village of Western Springs, a member of the Western Springs Police and Fire Commission, and a member of the LaGrange Jaycees.  Funeral home phone 708/352-6500 or

6 Replies to “Gael Owen Westerhoff”

  1. Wes lived in our home while he attended Millikin U for 3yrs where he became my brother and a member of our family. I’m heartbroken and send my sympathy to all the family who have lost a great father, all my best, wish I could be there.

  2. Dear Westerhoff Family,
    We are so sorry to read of your loss. Wes was truly the patriarch of a large and strong family. We wish you strength during these sad days ahead and hope the cherished memories of the many beautiful times together will bring you each comfort and peace.
    Clint & Cathi Green

  3. Dear Westerhoff family,
    We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved patriarch. We wish you strength in these sad days ahead and hope that the beautiful memories created over a lifetime of cherished family times together will comfort you. Hugs to all of the boys- Alec, Conor, Dylan, and Braden.
    Clint and Cathi Green

  4. We always had such a good time when we we’re with Wes, especially in the north woods. We are there now and will be sure to raise our glasses to him at sunset tonight. RIP Wes, I’m sure Mary Jean is happy you arrived to be with her. Jim & Liz Covey

  5. Dear loved ones of Gael,
    My younger sister Jean just wrote me an email sharing with me the news of Gael’s passing. I am sorry for you loss and wish you all strength and courage to continue on. I have so many wonderful memories of being at your home on Franklin avenue,- I loved your house and can remember your Mom fixing it up, putting up new wall paper in the dining area, sitting in the kitchen eating cookies. The wonderful party your family hosted in your back yard on my parents’ 50th wedding aniversary. You Dad always seemed to me so smart and stately as he walked past the house on his way to the trainstation with his briefcase in hand. He even caught me once on that very same train going to Chicago to take part in a demonstration. I was a hight school kid and had skipped school for the day. But as I can recall he didn’t tell on me! I even remember the story of the first time I knocked at your door after your parents moved into the neighborhood!
    You parents were dear friends to my family and you all contributed to making my life growing up in Western Springs a special neighborhood experience. You Mom and Dad always made me feel right at home! Now your Dad is really at home, resting in the arms of the divine. I am so grateful he played a role in my life and helped to make it so blessed. Many blessings to you all! Katie Landbeck (now in Germany)

  6. Many great memories from our Amoco days working together putting up with the corporate world. The global travel together reviewing the aircraft operations from Egypt to Burma, exciting
    but exhausting. The fun times on our pheasant hunt trips challenging who was the best shot. The fun times on the Trout Lake golf links winning a dollar for the match and of course bragging rights.
    Great memories ole pal!

    Blue skies & tailwinds😎✈️

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