- May 22, 1957 - January 9, 2013
- Saint Joseph, Michigan
of Robert's Passing
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“Heaven is smiling. You will be missed.
1 of 16 | Posted by: Candy, Joann, & Morgan - MI
“I hope I have lived my life so I get to hang out with you in heaven. You were always one of the good guys. You will be missed but now are at peace.
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2 of 16 | Posted by: Barb Taylor - Coventry, RI
“For me, Bob will always be missed, never forgotten and always loved. I know you have no worries Bob. You raised 3 wonderful, independent,...Read More »
3 of 16 | Posted by: Jueli Hamilton - Parrish, FL
“Bob had a unique, calm demeanor I will never forget. The occasional coy smile and brow raise in response to a question, always said plenty! The...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Mike Sarola - St. Joseph, MI
“Always a friendly smile and a hearty handshake when we would run into each other, usually at the racquet club.
My deepest symathy and regards to...Read More »
5 of 16 | Posted by: Howard Pavlides - St.Joseph, MI
“Sheri - You likely do not remember me, but I worked with Bob at Palisades for quite some years. I also attended the Bob and Barb Christmas (and...Read More »
6 of 16 | Posted by: Donna Onken - South Haven, MI
“We have so many good memories of Bob - softball games and tournaments, weekends on our boat which always had some sort of catastrophe, our trip to...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Susan Ovington - Holt, MI
“Debbie and me will always remember Bob for his smile and warm handshake he always gave when we saw him. I appreciate his love for my son Ryan and he...Read More »
8 of 16 | Posted by: Rev. James Codde - Marshall, MI
“Heaven has accepted a true angle in Bob. I have many great memories of Bob, Sheri, Shawn, Liz, and Alexa growing up as family friends of my parents....Read More »
9 of 16 | Posted by: Heidi - Coloma, MI
“I just was able to reconnect with Bob and Sheri last year on FB, it was great to share family pictures and joke around. I was taken back with Bob's...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Lolly Parker Williams - Portage, MI
“My sympathies to Sheri and the entire extended Westerhof family. You are always in my thoughts.
11 of 16 | Posted by: Andrew K. - Warsaw - Friend
“My memories of Bob are in two parts: First, I remember thinking that Bob was one of the most gifted athletes I had ever seen, during our years at...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Bill Templeton - Niles, MI
“Bob treated me with respect. He took me into his family, accepted me for who I was and loved me unconditionally. He was the brother I always longed...Read More »
13 of 16 | Posted by: Coleen Westerhof - Marshall, MI
“Sheri, Liz, Alexa and Shawn.... my deepest condolences to your family. Each of you has displayed such strength and dovotion during these past few...Read More »
14 of 16 | Posted by: Maureen Ovington - Coloma, MI
“We will always remember Bob as the kindest and most good-hearted man, husband and father. He gave his illness a valiant fight and his memory lives...Read More »
15 of 16 | Posted by: Denny and Monica O'Neil and sons, Bryan, Nathan and Kyle - IA
“so sorry to hear of your loss. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
16 of 16 | Posted by: michelle Beilman - Stevensville, MI
Robert Steven Westerhof, 55, of St. Joseph, passed away peacefully on January 9, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. With the love and support of his faithful wife Sheri, Bob fought the good fight against cancer. His strength, determination and will to live will always be an inspiration to those who knew Bob.
He was a graduate of Michigan State University where he was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. An avid MSU fan, Bob loved his Spartans! Bob was always quick to help anyone that needed it. So much so that he was known as "Love that Bob." Bob began his professional life at Phillips Petroleum in Sweeny, Texas and ended his career working at Palisades Nuclear Plant. Bob enjoyed making friends and socializing with his co-workers as well as playing recreational sports.
The family appreciates the excellent care Bob received from the University of Michigan Liver Transplant Unit & the excellent medical care of Dr. Shaun Pelletier and Dr. Chris Sonnenday, as well as the loving care of Dr. Mark Zalupski from the University of Michigan Cancer Center.
Bob is survived by his loving wife Sheri, Son Shawn (Sheila) Westerhof, Daughter Liz (Ryan) Vartoogian, daughter Alexa Westerhof, Brother Jim (Cindy) Westerhof, Brother David (Coleen) Westerhof, His Father Elmer (Patricia) Westerhof, and Grandaughter Ava Westerhof as well as many other family members. Bob was preceded in death by his mother Ruth.
It was Bob's fondest wish that for his visitation and celebration of life service everyone would come dressed in Green and White. Please honor Bob's last wish. GO GREEN GO WHITE!
A Celebration of Life Service will be held 3:00 P.M. Sunday at First Church of God 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph, with Rev. Robert Confer officiating. Friends may call from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Friday and from 1:00 until 3:00 P.M. Saturday at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph. Memorials may be made to Hospice at Home, The University of Michigan Liver Transplant Department or Michigan State University Mechanical Engineering Department. Those wishing to sign Bob's Memory Book online may do so at www.starks-menchinger.com.