Kevin J. Westerhaus

Memorial service for Kevin Westerhaus, 60, of Lawrence- formerly of Pratt, KS will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, February 13th at St. John’s Catholic Church in Lawrence. He died February 2, 2018 at his home.

He was born on June 21, 1957 in Parsons, KS the son of Edward Joseph and Annabel Irma (Ellison) Westerhaus.

Kevin was a woodworker for Reuter Organ Company in Lawrence. He loved working with wood and spent his free time planning future projects while listening to the blues. He was computer savvy and was the go to person for many people. His other hobbies included spending time outdoors and traveling around Kansas and Missouri visiting historic sites, but his greatest source of pleasure was spending time with his family. He was also a supporter of political causes and groups that promoted equality, opportunity, and inclusion for all people.

He married Catherine Jo Holser on June 29, 1985 in Pratt, KS. She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Patrick Westerhaus, Lawrence, Thomas (Michelle) Westerhaus, McLouth; one grandson, Maddox Westerhaus, McLouth; Siblings, Mike (Rhonda) Pratt, Steve (Rochelle) Pratt, Greg, Andover and Rita (Mark) DeBusk, Wichita, He was also close to several cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Catch A Break through the LMH endowment to benefit cancer survivors and the Lawrence chapter of the ACLU and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

30 Condolences

  1. Rhonda on February 7, 2018 at 10:27 pm

    He was certainly a champion of the underdog!! Rest In Peace, Kevin. May he live on in you full, pat and Tommy!
    Aunt Rhonda and Uncle Mike

  2. Rhonda on February 7, 2018 at 10:28 pm

    Our Deepest Sympathies, Cathy!

  3. Marsha Shrack on February 7, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    Thinking of you all and praying for comfort.

  4. Junnae Landry on February 7, 2018 at 10:45 pm

    Peace and comfort to family and friends.

  5. Stephanie on February 7, 2018 at 11:21 pm

    He was an awesome uncle, his woodwork abilities are a classic form of his own art! I will miss you uncle Kevin
    Love your niece

  6. Dr. Pamela Dietz on February 7, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Heartfelt condolences to the entire family. Prayers for comfort at this difficult time.
    Kindest regards,
    Pam Dietz

  7. Diane and Kenton Ladenburger on February 8, 2018 at 6:22 am

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time of sorrow.

  8. Brenda Sterneker on February 8, 2018 at 6:41 am

    So sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Susan Metzger on February 8, 2018 at 7:49 am

    I worked with Kevin at Allen Press, know Patrick and met Cathy at one of our company events. Kevin was one of my favorite people – always smiling and positive. He will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  10. Theresa Burrows Burns on February 8, 2018 at 8:06 am

    Rhonda and Mike, sadness fills my heart for your family. May God wrap you in his arms and guide you through this grieving time.

  11. Paula Lashley on February 8, 2018 at 9:11 am

    Rhonda and Mike… I am so sorry for your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  12. Jeanette Field on February 8, 2018 at 9:33 am

    I had not seen Kevin for many years, but have so many fond memories of my friend. Kevin had such a warm heart and a wonderful sense of humour. I know he will be greatly missed by his current friends.
    Cathy, you are in my prayers.

  13. Larry & Linda Conkle on February 8, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Deepest sympathy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you.

  14. Mary and Larry Briggeman on February 8, 2018 at 10:26 am

    Cathy, Pat, Tommy and Family,
    Sending our sincere sympathy to you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God’s peace be yours.

  15. Donna and Warren Briggeman on February 8, 2018 at 10:48 am

    Cathy, Pat, Tom, Michelle, & Maddox,
    You are in our prayers at this difficult time in the loss of your husband, father, and grandpa. May you be comforted with the peace from God that passes all understanding.

  16. Tina Williams on February 8, 2018 at 11:30 am

    Uncle Kevin was such a kind man with a gentle spirit. I have so many memories that Kevin is part of that I cannot imagine a world without him.
    You are already so missed.

  17. charlene on February 8, 2018 at 2:39 pm

    Michael and Rhonda. So sorry for your families loss. Praying and thinking of you all. Charlene

  18. Laurie Stroda on February 8, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    So sorry Cathy & family. Prayers for u all during this difficult time. May Kevin rest in eternal peace.

  19. Bill & Leanne (Hitt) Irsik on February 8, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    Mike and Rhonda and all the Westerhaus family, sending our prayers for peace and comfort. Our thoughts are with you during these difficult days.

  20. Debbie Giocabetti on February 8, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    Cathy, Pat, Tommy, Michelle & Maddox: My heart goes out to all of you. Your are in my thoughts and prayers.

  21. William Lee on February 8, 2018 at 10:41 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. Working with Kevin was a great experience, always willing to listen and bounce ideas off of. He will be missed.

  22. Jerry and Janice Burkhart on February 9, 2018 at 10:57 am

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for all of you at this difficult time.

  23. Chris Lapine on February 9, 2018 at 3:21 pm

    Kevin became a great friend while working at Allen Press and I loved to hear about the guitars he was working on and trade stories about music we loved.

    He was a class act…funny, compassionate and a truly wonderful human.
    He will be missed.

  24. Brenda Vantuyl on February 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm

    I am sorry for your loss Patrick. Your dad was a wonderful person and so pleasant to work with.

  25. Vickie Fisher on February 10, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Thinking of you, Cathy, Pat, Tommy, Michelle and Maddox! Kevin was such a wonderful person and will be missed by all of us who knew him! I’m very sure, when he is not on angel duty, he will be doing all those wonderful things he enjoyed here…with his family and friends in Heaven. And, of course, he will always be watching over you all! Hugs and love!! ❤️????❤️ Vickie Fisher

  26. Jen Baltazar on February 11, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    My most sincere condolences, Patrick. Your dad was a phenomenal person. Thinking of you and your family.

  27. Jana Petty on February 11, 2018 at 10:59 pm

    Thoughts & prayers to the entire family. Lots of memories living next door while growing up there in Pratt.
    Jana Petty

  28. Lena Heflin on February 13, 2018 at 10:09 am

    I knew Kevin from high school where we were friends. We reconnected on Facebook, for which I am grateful. We had many of the same views on life. I will miss his wit and compassion. Rest in Peace my friend.

  29. Cindy and Rob Eisenhauer and family on February 20, 2018 at 11:44 pm

    Cindy & Rob Eisenhauer and family

    Dear Cathy and family,
    Our hearts were so sad hearing about Kevin’s passing. We truly know how difficult this time can be after losing a loved one. Remember to keep Kevin’s finest qualities alive as your ongoing gift to him and this world. Please know that we are praying that you will be surrounded by God’s comfort and peace through the love of family and friends during your time of sadness.
    Much Love and Peace!

  30. Dana an Jenny Lugibihl on March 2, 2018 at 7:00 am

    Sincere sympathy to you and your family. He always had such a great attitude on life.

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