Jacobus Johannes Westenburg Jr., affectionately known as both “Co” and “Doc”, age 98, passed away on Saturday, May 30, 2020. Co was born June 28, 1921 in Bloemendaal, Noord-Holland, Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jacobus Johannes Westenburg Sr. and Johanna Cornelia Elizabeth Verweij.
His university and medical school years were spent in Amsterdam, when he was not in hiding to prevent being conscripted into the armed forces of Nazi Germany or serving in the Dutch Army in Indonesia. After his service and receiving a medical degree, he immigrated to the United States.
In order to practice medicine in the United States he had to attend some additional medical training at The University of Texas Medical School in Galveston. It was here he met his late wife of 62 years, Margaret Elizabeth Calhoun, who was studying to be a nurse. The two were married July 21, 1953, in the Presbyterian church where Co was an active member his whole life.
Their shared life goal was helping other people, so upon finishing their studies they chose to serve in Childress, Texas. He had an on-call medical practice in Childress, and he and Margaret raised their adopted son Daniel and several nieces and nephews. He enjoyed coffee with friends; discussing books, news and politics; music and playing the piano; bicycling; and hiking.
In fact, Co loved bicycling so much that he would purchase bicycles and give them away to neighbors and friends so they could enjoy it too. He and Margaret touched numerous lives through their medical work in Childress and the surrounding areas. Their helping hand also extended into their family as they cared for multiple family members throughout the years.
He is survived by many nieces and nephews and their children and grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Hans Westenburg, his wife Margaret and his son Daniel.
His funeral will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, 2020 at Childress Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Childress Regional Medical Center in his honor.