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Palm South Jones Mortuary

1600 South Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV

OBITUARY

Thomas Westdorp

December 11, 1949March 5, 2016
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Thomas John Westdorp, Jr. 66, of Las Vegas, passed away March 5, 2016. Beloved brother of Marynell (Peter) Costa, James (Karen Immel), Joan, Ellen and Margaret (Kerry) Walker. Loving uncle to Gail Anderson, Paul and Pamela. Avid Green Bay Packers fan and shareholder. Road Captain, Past Director and loyal member of the Southwest Nevada Harley Owners Group (SNHOG) since 2007. Born December 11, 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, working in Information Technology for the hotel industry, including Station Casinos and Cosmopolitan Las Vegas. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nation of Patriots ( www.nationofpatriots.com).

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, March 12, 2016
  • Reception Saturday, March 12, 2016

Memories

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Philip Tederous

March 29, 2016

It was always a privilege for me when Tom sat in my chair for his haircut. He was a great client for several years. He will be greatly missed and remembered for his immense wealth of knowledge of most any subject! RIP Tom.

Jeff Petrick

March 16, 2016

I was lucky to spend many afternoons on the golf course with Tom. Enjoying an occasional cigar, bad joke and good putt. He even let this Bears fan have a post round beer at his favorite Las Vegas Packers bar. A truly nice man.

Gail Westdorp-Anderson

March 13, 2016

Uncle Jay (Tom),
I can't begin articulate how broken I am that you are gone! No matter how far apart our family was you never missed a happy birthday or a holiday note and you'll never know how much that has meant to me! I will forever miss our football debates and our mutual love of GB and Harley's. I hope you saw the beautiful display your HOG brothers and sisters brought out for you! Once you are a member of the Harley family you are forever a member of the Harley family. You have created a legacy that will never be forgotten. You lived your life just the way you wanted to and embodied the Harley way of life! Your memory will be carried on forever by those of us who loved you most. Your memory will live on forever in my heart. Please give grandma a big hug for me and ride on in Heaven! May you continue to fulfill your dreams in Heaven! I will love you always!

Thomas Fulbrook

March 12, 2016

I had the privilege of working with Tom at Station Casinos. So many memories of the work we did together and his incredible kindness. The world has lost an amazing man.

Jack Braman

March 11, 2016

Thank you for all the golf memories. We will miss you.

God bless

Jack

Sean Harkness

March 11, 2016

Tom was well known for his "Tomisims". He had a unique ability to always lighten the mood & bring a smile to EVERYONE'S face. I only knew & worked with him for a short time at the Cosmopolitan, Although I felt I knew him for years. You don't come across many genuine people like Tom. There was never ANY gray area with him, he said what he meant, and did what he said. I'm blessed to have known Tom as a Coworker & Friend. R.I.P. Big Guy - Thanks for the Memories!

Lana Childers

March 10, 2016

So sorry for your loss. TOM WILL BE MISSED. Prayers. for family and friends.

March 9, 2016

Joan, please accept our deepest sympathy.
Love you, Mark, Sharon, Paul & Melissa

Christine Corso

March 9, 2016

Thank you Tom for being you and being there for me. We will get that Pats v. Pack rematch someday! :)

ALLAN BASSETT

March 9, 2016

MARYNELL, I AM SORRY TO HEAR ABOUT THE LOSS OF YOUR BROTHER. I JUST GOT BACK MONDAY FROM THE NASCAR RACES IN LAS VEGAS.

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Biography

Thomas John Westdorp Jr. was a loved one, a friend, and someone special to many people throughout his life. To family and friends who knew him best, Tom will be remembered as an exceptional person.

Tom was the son of Tom Sr. and Mickie Westdorp. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom had four younger sisters - Marynell, Joan, Ellen and Margaret, and one younger brother - Jim. Tom was involved in all sorts of activities with his siblings. He and his siblings experienced rivalries typical of a growing family, and they shared many life experiences over the years.

A typical teenager, Tom had a fairly happy high school experience, making that critical transition from adolescence to adulthood. He graduated in 1967 from Notre Dame High School in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Tom enjoyed his college years, pursuing bachelor's degrees at both Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Considered a good friend to those he knew, Tom enjoyed a broad group of acquaintances and several very close friends during his lifetime. In later years, the Southwest Nevada Harley Owners Group (SNHOG) became Tom's second family. Some of his good friends included Jason Jenkins, Dave Zinn, and Marshall Andrews.

Tom enjoyed what he did for a living. Showing a strong work ethic, Tom worked diligently and did his best to succeed in his career. He was employed for thirty two years in Information Technology, many of those years in the hotel industry. Work experience includes Pan Pacific Hotel in Vancouver, Station Hotel & Casino, and The Cosmopolitan Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tom always sought to be a team player, doing what was necessary in order to get the job done.

Tom found pleasure in sports. He enjoyed playing golf in his younger years. He once skipped a ball across a frozen lake in Germantown WI. He was a proud member of the Hole-in-One Club and played for 30 years with the same Hogan Blade Irons.

Tom was also a sports fan and enjoyed following his favorite events whenever he had the chance to do so. At the top of his list was Green Bay Packers football, where he was a proud share holder and avid fan. He loved auto racing (Road America and Nascar). He was also an aviation buff and loved to watch the Thunderbirds and other aircraft flying out of Nellis AFB. He also enjoyed Drum Corps, participating in the "Boys of 76" Drum Corps shortly after college and attending the annual Drum Corps championships in later years.

Throughout his life, Tom was a doer and was actively involved in professional and community organizations. He was a proud member of the Southwest Nevada Harley Owners Group (SNHOG), serving as Road Captain and Director during his 8+ year membership. He was also a proud member of the Harley "Iron Butt” Club, completing a 1000 mile ride in 24 hours.

Tom was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. He had two dog-like cats (they “fetched”) during his adult life - Rowdy and Dude.

Tom passed away suddenly on March 5, 2016, after a fun-filled day with friends at the Nascar qualifying runs. He is survived by sisters Marynell, Joan, Ellen, and Margaret and brother Jim. Services were held at Palm Mortuary South Jones. Tom was laid to rest in Palm Northwest Cemetery.

Simply stated, Tom was a good and kind person, an individual who will be remembered by his family and friends as being a caring and giving person, someone who was a vital part of their lives. Tom leaves behind him a legacy of life-long friendships and many cherished memories. Everyone whose life he touched will always remember Thomas John Westdorp Jr.