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Ellen Westhoff

November 18, 1954 ~ July 31, 2021 (age 66)


Ellen Westhoff age 66 of Fairfield, passed away Saturday, July 31, 2021, at her home surrounded by family.

Visitation for family & friends will be 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., August 11, 2021, at Behner Funeral Home.

Celebration of Life service will be 10:30 a.m., August 12, 2021, at Behner Funeral Home with Pastor Sonny Smyser officiating.  Inurnment will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Jefferson County 4-H Club or Fairfield High School Booster Club and mailed to Richard Westhoff, 1825 Pleasant Plain Road, Fairfield, Iowa 52556.

Ellen was born November 18, 1954, in Fairfield to Cedric and Dixie (Blair) Ruggles.  Ellen married Richard Joseph Westhoff on October 6, 1973, in Packwood.  This year they would have celebrated 48 years of marriage.

Ellen graduated from Pekin High School.  She retired from Jefferson County Hospital after 40 years in Medical Records.  Ellen loved being outside.  Some of her hobbies were gardening, golfing, fishing and mushroom hunting.  She enjoyed being a farm wife, was active in 4-H and looked forward to going to the Iowa State Fair each year.  Ellen took delight in attending many high school events and volunteering for them. Above all else Ellen cherished her husband, two sons and was excited to welcome her 1st grandchild in October.    

Ellen will be missed by her husband, Richard; two sons, Remington (Mallary) Westhoff of West Des Moines and Austin Westhoff of Urbandale; her mother, Dixie Ruggles of Fairfield; and two brothers, Alan and Bob Ruggles.

Ellen was preceded in death by her dad, Cedric Hale Ruggles.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ellen Westhoff, please visit our floral store.


August 11, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

Celebration of Life
August 12, 2021

10:30 AM
Behner Funeral Home & Crematory, Inc.
203 South Main
Fairfield, IA 52556

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