ELGIN - William Eugene Westerbeck, 85, of Elgin, Ill., passed away in his home on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. He was born in DeKalb on April 23, 1928, the son of Dorothy (Johnson) Cone and Eugene Huntzicker.|
Bill attended Sycamore High School where he met his future wife, Margaret. Straight out of high school he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Upon his return he attended the University of Illinois where he also reunited with his high school sweetheart, Margaret. They were married in Margaret's family home in Sycamore on Sept. 2, 1950.
Bill was an Elgin resident for 57 years and was a retired vice president of grain trading at the Chicago Board of Trade for American Maize/Cargill for a total of 34 years. He was a constant advocate for renewable energy sources and solar power, including building a solar home and owning the first hybrid car in Illinois. Always fitness conscious, Bill walked an average of 3.5 miles a day, everyday since 1967 for a total of 63,112 miles in his lifetime, otherwise known as 2.5 times around the earth.
Bill will be missed by his daughter Katherine (Robert) Evans, of Homewood; grandchildren, Sarah (Mike) Mayo, of Morton, and John (Robin) Evans. of Webb City, Mo.; four great-grandchildren, Carys Mayo, Bryn Mayo, Bronwyn Mayo, and Owen Evans; and niece Barb (Roger) Bear, of Elgin. Bill is preceded in death by his lovely wife Margaret (Miner) Westerbeck.
The visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 12 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Laird Funeral Home, 310 S. State St. (Route 31), Elgin, IL 60123. A memorial service will be held on Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Willow Creek Community Church, 67 E. Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL 60010. A private burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery, Sycamore.
Memorial contributions may be made to JourneyCare Foundation or the Rocky Mountain Institute.
For more information, www.lairdfamilyfuneralservices.com or (847) 741-8800.
Published in Daily Chronicle from June 10 to June 11, 2013