Calvin DeWeerdt '64


Calvin DeWeerdt, 78, passed away on Nov. 3, 2020, following a brief illness. Cal was born in Clinton, Iowa, and called Rockford home for more than 55 years. Following graduation from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, he was General Manager at Cudahy Packing Company for many years and transitioned to a decades-long real estate career, which included serving as past president of the Home Builders Association of the Greater Rockford Area.

His hobbies included landscaping, golf, rooting for the Cubs and other Chicago teams, and photography. Most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family, especially supporting his grandchildren at their many athletic events through the years.

He will be missed most by his wife of 57 years, Marian (Maggio) DeWeerdt, children Jeff (Stacey) DeWeerdt, Dan (Anna) DeWeerdt, and Amy (Jim) O’Toole, grandchildren Jack, Ben, Sam, Hank, Ellie, Mary Jane, Peter, and Kevin; and brother, Ken DeWeerdt (Mary Bennett). Preceded in death by parents, Elmer and Gladys DeWeerdt, and brother, Eugene.