John Westerholm

John Westerholm

November 27, 1946 – October 29, 2020


John Westerholm was born November 27, 1946 to Beverly and Duane Westerholm in Fargo, North Dakota and passed away October 29, 2020 in Omaha, NE.  John attended Holy Spirit Grade School, Shanley High School and North Dakota State University in Fargo.  During college, John worked at the Fargo Country Club Pro Shop during the summer and for the Fargo Park District in the winter.

After a long career as a golf professional, John worked in the trucking industry managing Utility Trailer Sales in Omaha before serving as VP of Assets for Ruan Transportation.  John retired in 2012 and worked as a consultant off and on until his death.

John enjoyed hunting and golf after retirement, along with spending time with his family.  He is survived by his sons, Michael and John Duane Jr. “JD”; wife, Marisa; grandsons, John D. Westerholm III and Driver Smith.  He is also survived by his brother, Doug and wife Marilyn of Fargo; along with 8 nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bill and Tom; and sister-in-law, Pat.

A private service will be held in Omaha by his family.



  • James Smith Posted November 14, 2020 8:46 am

    Attended Shanley HS in Fargo with John. Sincerest sympathies to his family.

  • Sue Aschinger Posted November 14, 2020 9:23 am

    Love and hugs to the family, especially Mike, JD, Marisa, John and Driver.

  • Jeff & Susan Porter Posted November 14, 2020 10:18 am

    We were fortunate to really get to know John during our time at ArborLinks. Very simply, John was one of a kind for many reasons. Always friendly, polite, considerate and very generous to the staff while offering, when asked and sometimes not, his much educated and well-thought opinion on nearly any and all topics. He was a great sounding board for me as he had spent a great deal of time in and around the the golf industry and had a very strong and successful business background PLUS I truly enjoyed his company and perspective. Susie was our Food & Beverage manager and John was known for his daily order of a Husker Hotdog w/side of pickles and a Coke. John was also known for driving down, having lunch before or after his 4-5 holes of goIf and then on to his next daily stop. We offer our best to his family and loved ones.

  • Shannan & John Wilson Posted November 16, 2020 10:23 pm

    We send our condolences to you, JD and Marisa and your family. Sounds like your father was a very special man. We can see who you got your love of hunting from. Praying for your family for peace and your time together remembering all the special memories of your father.

  • Jim and Roberta Pont Posted November 17, 2020 8:04 am

    Jim and I send our condolences to John, Marisa, and all your family.

  • Doug Yorty Posted November 24, 2020 7:58 pm

    My condolences to his family. Met John when I was selling Trailers. We were competitors in business but could get along. His last call to me was as he drove past the store on his way to KC. He was going to stop next time.

Sign Guestbook

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *