June 04, 2015 7:00 PMBoulger Funeral Home & Celebration of Life Center, Fargo
William Malchow Westerholm, age 64, Fargo, North Dakota began his eternal life Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at Sanford Palliative Care Unit under the care of hospice, after a courageous battle with cancer. His last days were spent surrounded by family who showered him with love and prayer. He was greeted in heaven by his mother Beverly, father Duane, and brother Tom.
Bill was born March 15, 1951 in Fargo, where he grew up and graduated from Shanley High School in 1969. He had a deep love for the outdoors and many of his days were spent hunting, trapping, and fishing. Not only was he a good shot, legend has it, he once knocked out a coyote. One of his biggest regrets he had was that he never got around to teaching his daughters how to hunt and trap.
He went on to live in many different places but he always ended up back in Fargo where he eventually retired from bachelor life and married his wife, Dee. Together they raised 3 beautiful daughters to whom he dedicated the rest of his life. He was a father and grandfather above all else. His children and grandchildren were his most prized possessions and he lived by the golden rule which he instilled in his family to do the same.
As a young man he worked for the railroad, later in auto sales and management and finally in the insurance industry where many of his clients became close friends.
Bill was the epitome of a gentle giant, a burly man with a kind and gentle heart. He was stubborn, but understanding, strict, but empathetic. He was always willing to lend a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on for anyone who needed it. He made an impression on everyone who crossed his path, and was the most loyal of friends and most protective of fathers. He lived with honesty, integrity, strength, and honor.
His spirit will live on with his wife, Dee, 3 daughters, Marnie, Stormy, and Skye; 5 grandchildren, Hayley, Hunter, Hayden, Nahla and Cooper; his brothers John and Doug, sister-in-law, Pat Westerholm; as well as all of his friends. The most important things in Bill’s life were not materialistic. He measured life by family, friendships, and faith. With that said, his life was joyous, plentiful, and fulfilling, he is not gone, but has simply begun a new journey in a better place.