Ralph E. Westman, age 77, of Woodstock, passed away Dec. 31, 2019, at his home in Woodstock surrounded by his family.
He was born on Oct. 18, 1942, in Woodstock to Alvin and Zelda (Sanders) Westman.
Ralph grew up in Woodstock and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1960. After he graduated he served in the United States Army from April 1960 until April 1963 and spent and additional three years in the Army Reserve. When he returned home he opened Ralphs Automotive in 1965. In 1998 he opened Woodstock Whizzer Works. He was the Hoosier tire man for Lake Geneva Raceway. He enjoyed building race cars and hanging out at the track. He loved working on cars, going to car shows, going to Whizzer shows in Portland, Ind., and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Marilyn; daughters, Renee (Chris) Wangrow, Roxanne (Jim) Johnson, and Rikki (Shane) Gibbs; his stepsons, Charles Rein and Kevin (Sarah) Rein; grandchildren, Corissa, Christopher, Michael, Zachary, Nicholas, Connor, Jacob, Brandon, Kylee, Emily and Adam; brother, Donald (Carol Lee); sister, Janice Lund; many nieces, nephews and one great-grandchild on the way.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Roy Westman.
Visitation will be Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney funeral home 1211 N Seminary Ave., Woodstock IL 60098, from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The visitation will continue Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the funeral service at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Following the cemetery service, a luncheon will be at the Woodstock Moose Lodge.
For information, call the funeral home at 815-338-1710 or see the website at www.slmcfh.com