Charles “Chuck” Westerhouse, 62, of Taylorville, IL died at 5:02 pm, Monday, September 16, 2013 at his residence.
He was born September 8, 1951 in Lafayette, IN, the son of Charles and Nita Davis Westerhouse. In 19 57 the family moved to Tamaroa, IL, and in 1968 the family moved to the East coast, but Chuck moved to DuQuoin, IL for his senior year of high school to play baseball. He signed with the Atlanta Braves as a pitcher in 1969 and traveled most of the United States to fulfill his dream of playing ball in the major leagues. He was traded to the San Diego Padres in the winter of 1971 and stayed with them until he was injured in 1973.
Chuck managed DQI Supply Company in Taylorville for 11 years before moving to Maine where he owned and operated Harris Baking Distributors. He returned to Taylorville in 1991 as DQI’s sales manager and was later transferred to DuQuoin until 1998. He then sold cars for three years in Southern Illinois and delivered for Pizza Hut in Taylorville for 8 years.
Chuck loved baseball and played or coached for 50 years. He enjoyed bowling, gardening to share with others, his family and traveling with his granddaughter, Skye. His family, friends and church, Davis Memorial Disciples of Christ were very important to him and he felt blessed for having all the help offered to him during his illness.
He married Patricia O’Connell in 1973 and they later divorced. In 1993 he married Rebecca (Fowler) Buckley.
Surviving are his wife, Rebecca; Children: Matthew Buckley of Springfield, Michael Westerhouse of Christopher, Katie DiPippo and husband Ron of Palm Coast, FL, Kimberly Westerhouse of Palm Coast, FL, and Amanda Westerhouse of Crystal River, FL. Sisters: Mary Lou Rush and husband Tim of Cape Coral, FL, Laura Skorczewski and husband John of Nashville, IL and Jayne Kenniston and husband Ned of Reynolds, IN. Grandchildren: Skye Westerhouse of DuQuoin, and Taylynn and Hayden Buckley of Vandalia. There are several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Adam Buckley and a siser, Claudia Foley
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, September 21 at Davis Memorial Christian Church with Rev. Bill Kerns officiating. Visitation will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Friday at McClure Funeral Home and one hour prior to services in the Church on Saturday.
Memorials may be made to: Davis Memorial Christian Church, 1500 W. Franklin, Taylorville, IL 62568 or Red Bland Little League
Condolences may be sent online at www.mcclurefuneralhome.com.