John D. West
March 16, 1947 ‒ April 19, 2016
Mount Gilead, Ohio
We lost another hero in Mount Gilead, John D. West, late Tuesday evening, April 19, 2016, a veteran of the Vietnam War, who battled multiple myeloma the past thirteen plus years because of his sacrifices to our beloved country. He was 69.
On March 16, 1947, John David was born in Mount Vernon, Ohio, one of six children of the late Clarence and Ruth (Taylor) West. He was raised in Morrow County, where he graduated from Highland High School in the class of 1965, playing drums in the marching band.
Following high school, John and his good friend, Ross Heskett, enlisted to serve in the U.S. Army to help his fellow countrymen in the Vietnam War. He served two tours of duty, driving trucks and operating heavy equipment.
Upon his honorable discharge, John returned home and started working at the HPM Corporation as a welder. He also worked for Car Erectors in Marion, Arnold Trucking and Excavating, Gilead Township Highway Department, and he also owned his own dump trucking business.
John was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 in Mount Gilead, and was a member of the Moose Lodge 303 in Galion, and the American Legion Post 401 in Caledonia.
Getting a second chance at love, John married his best friend and life partner, Rose Marie (Osborn) West, on March 13, 1981. They have been by each other’s side laughing hysterically at one another for the past thirty five years.
An avid tinkerer, John loved working in the garage and could fix anything. He loved anything with an engine, and was well known for his fast muscle cars and jacked up Chevys. His specialty though was fixing all the things his wife, children, and grandchildren broke over the years. Every year he looked forward to going to the Morrow County Fair, because he loved watching truck and tractor pulls. In his younger years, he was known for building something special for his pulling mower and had no fear jumping behind the wheel of a pulling truck.
A sports fanatic, John loved his Cleveland Browns, Ohio State Buckeyes and watching both Earnhardt’s race in NASCAR.
The quiet one of the rowdy bunch, John was always scheming how to get one up on his fun loving family and friends, of course in his own ornery and mischievous way. His playful grin and charm will forever be missed.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Rose Marie West; three children: Lonnie David (Lisa) West, Cassandra Darlene (Matthew) Curry, and Amanda Lynn West; seven grandchildren: Lauren, Nolen, Hank, Avery, Taylor (fiancé Isaac), Andrew, and Jillian; two sisters and a brother: Linda Sue Williams, Sharon Kay (Hobert) McDaniel, and Thomas William West; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Including his parents, John was preceded in death by two siblings: Charles Franklin West and Marilyn Ardell West.
Services honoring John’s life and sacrifice to his country will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the pavilion of V.F.W. Post 8054, 4960 St. Rt. 61, Mount Gilead, beginning with military honors provided by V.F.W.Post 8054 and AmVets Post 87 Color Guard, and followed by Pastor Melvin Bowling who will officiate. A time of gathering and celebration will follow there from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to dress casually, as John would prefer, except no shirts promoting Ford’s are allowed.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (www.themmrf.org/) or Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org), and they can be sent to the care of the funeral home.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve John’s family and your favorite memories and condolences may be shared with them via his obituary on www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.