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 ( or Vietnam Veterans of America (, 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

  • My heart is breaking for this wonderful family! May God bless them with peace that surpasses all understanding❤️

  • We lost a great friend last night, John will be missed by our family very much. He was a wonderful husband and Father to his children and his beautiful Grand children. He fought a long battle with cancer and never let it get him down. Finally the heavenly Father called him home so he can RIP and no more suffering.

    Jim and Jeannie Evethart
    and Family

  • Rose, even though John was more than a Brother in-law, he was a brother. He will always be in my heart as a brother. Even though we all will miss him the pain that he didn’t show is gone now and forever. You know you have me when you need anything.
    Love you

  • Rose and family,
    We am so sorry for the loss of John…I have lots of Memories of Charity and Amanda through the years of them growing up…and when we got word he came down with MM…knowing how long he lived with it now gives us hope on how my husband Derek can live a long life and prosper, with MM also.We thank him for showing those in the MM family that you can go on and live a good and fairly comfortable life even with all the meds and things you have to deal with MM every day. He was a good man we know…and he was loved by many. May your hearts be eased and the pain lessened by this…God bless you in the days and months, years ahead without him by your side…we know it will be very hard. If you need someone to talk to that’s been there that can understand Rose, call me. anytime, day or night just send me a message on fb or messenger. Our heart hurts for all of you believe me…hugs and love sent your way.

    Tammy Howell -Rehberg, Charity Howell -Edwards & Family & Billy Howell & Family

  • Oh my dear friends and considered you family! I wish I was there to comfort you all! As you were with me while I was in Ohio with my husband. It doesn’t seem fair they get taken from us so early we still had a long time to treasure our love for them! I will say this! That man right there that man made Amanda and Jillian who they are today and that is the greatest gift that could ever ever be had! He is so proud of you 2! Your love for him was so wonderful! I am there with you holding your hand in spirit. Snyders Funeral Home will make this day not so hard! They are awesome! I love you Rose, Amanda and Jillian! Love
    Teresa Staley

  • Rose, Amanda and Jillian,
    I am so sorry for the loss of husband, daddy and grandpa.
    All I can say, is John is no longer in pain or trying to understand the what ifs.
    My love, hugs and prayers remain with you my friends.

  • Amanda and family,
    I am so sorry for your loss! May God be with you and help you through this hard time!

    Lori Davis McGee

  • Cassie – I am so sorry for the loss of your father. You and your family are in my prayers.

  • The archangel Michael will escort John to his party (probably in a Chevy monster truck) on Saturday for the last time. His spirit will shine just like his smile. I know his Rose, Amanda and Jillian will feel his presents. Being of ill health i cannot be. there but my heart will be. God be with this sweet family.

  • Sending prayers to your family and friends. Even though I haven’t meet him I’ve heard a lot about him. He is an amazing person inside and out. He will be my hero no matter what forever and always. He is loved by so many people. And will be missed by so many. Love Jaylin

  • Sharon McDaniel and the entire West family. I am so sorry for your loss. I did not know John, but I know his sweet, wonderful sister,Sharon. Hugs and prayers to all of you. God is good and He is in control. 💕💕😀

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family. John was a great guy and friend. R.I.P. John.

  • Rose & family, my sincere condolences & prayers for you all at this time. John was so well liked in the community, as you know he came to the Diner many a time for coffee with the guys. Sissy-Krystal and Amanda were good friends as they grew up and of course we ran into one another here and there. It makes me sad to hear this news that he is passed, but he is kept in fond memories of all who knew him. Peace and strength to your family. Love to all. Deborah Utt.

  • Forever in Debt for your Life Long Sacrifice to Our Country. God Bless you and the Kids Rose. Our family is holding you close in our Thoughts and Prayers.

  • Rose, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, so sorry for your loss, John was a good man.

  • Dearest West Family,
    I was very sorry to hear of the loss of John, he and I want to school and graduated together. I will always remember his smile. Always new something was going on in his head,behind that smile! I’m praying for you and your whole family for peace in this time of grief.
    Becky Mc Mullen-Darst-Derrick

  • Rose and Family we are sorry for a great family and friend lost he will be miss sadly in are heart. R I P John and till we meet up again.

  • We extend our deepest sympathy to you,so glad we were able to speak to John at our 50th class reunion. Sincerely, Classmates, Garry and Lois (Kinney) Sawyer

  • Rose and Family I have some many good things I could say about John I could write a book about all them. I know you and John love each other to the moon n back. I had a lot of fun time when John each time I saw and talk with John. I love how at got to the point of things. John was more then a brother-in-law to me. John told and tough me a lot about life. I got a lot of great memory of John. I’m glad the how family had John in are life.
    Love you
    your little brother Raymond

  • Rose, Amanda, and Jilly…My heart breaks for you guys. I know all too well just how it feels to lose someone so special to you. John was an amazing man. I’ll never have another GD Daddy like him. (Had to do that) Love you guys. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if there is anything needed at all.

  • I grieve with you. John was a good man. Haven’t seen him in years. We were friends in our youth.

  • Sad to hear of the passing of John, he was missed by all who knew him. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  • Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. ~From a headstone in Ireland
    Bill& Angie Ralston