Charles A. “Chuck” Westhoff, 80, of rural St. Paul, Kansas, passed away at 6:40 a.m., Thursday, June 6, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his loving children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and caregivers.
He was born on Dec. 19, 1938, to Sylvester and Cecilia (Sevart) Westhoff in Greenbush, Kansas. Growing up in the Greenbush and St. Paul area, Chuck attended St. Francis School. After graduating from St. Francis High School, he began farming and ranching in the St. Paul area.
On April 20, 1963, he and Elizabeth A. “Betty” Van Leeuwen were married at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. After marriage, the couple moved to a farm south of town, where they made their home and raised their family.
Chuck was a lifelong member of St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. He operated a dog kennel and was an active member of the Kansas Pet Professionals, where he had served as the organization’s president. Other activities that Chuck enjoyed were gardening, hunting, and keeping a bird hatchery.
Survivors include three sons, Ed Westhoff of St. Paul; Joe Westhoff and his wife, Connie, of Olathe; Bill Westhoff and his wife, Traci, of St. Paul.
Also surviving are five daughters, Jo Ann Stuchlik and her husband, Gary, of Pilsen; Karen Hanigan and her husband, Ernie, of Parsons; Linda Morris and her husband, Bill, of Elberta, Alabama; Brenda Issa and her husband, Mike, of Wichita; and Julie O’Hara and her husband, Matt, of St. Paul.
Additional survivors include five brothers, Howard Westhoff and his wife, Barbara, of Parsons; Jack Westhoff of Belton, Missouri; Jim Westhoff and his wife, Wilma, of Chanute; Raymond Westhoff and his wife, Candi, of Girard; and Harold Westhoff and his wife, Tina, of St. Paul.
Also surviving are five sisters, Sylvia McKinney and her husband, Jerry, of Parsons; Mary Frances Jones of Joplin, Missouri; Virginia Noose and her husband, Joe, of Columbia, Missouri; Ruth Snodgrass and her husband, Steve, of Asbury, Missouri; and Alice Shaffer and her husband, Jess, of McCune.
Thirty grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and dedicated caregivers Dana Barton, Gia Barton, and Susan Jacquinot also survive.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty, on March 8, 2018; one brother, Bob Westhoff; and one sister, Loretta Nance.
His funeral Mass was at 10 a.m., Monday, June 10, 2019, at St. Francis Catholic Church in St. Paul. Burial was at St. Francis Cemetery. The rosary was prayed at 7 p.m. Sunday at the church. The family received friends immediately following the rosary at the church. Friends called after 3 p.m. Sunday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to St. Francis Catholic Church. These may be left at or mailed to Forbes-Hoffman Funeral Home, P.O. Box 374, Parsons, KS 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.forbeshoffman.com.