A memorial service for longtime Lamar resident, Willard West will be held at 2:00PM on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Seventh Day Adventist Church with Pastor Ray Fuhrmeister officiating.
Per Willard’s request cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation.
Willard was born on May 8, 1942 at Lawson, Colorado to Albert and Alberta (Rodrock) West and passed away on December 26, 2015 at the Holly Nursing Care Center at the age of 73.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Doris West; his parents and his grandson, Jared West.
Willard is survived by his son, John (Lidia) West of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren, Justin West and Jayden West of Lamar and great-granddaughter, Julia West also of Lamar. He is also survived by his siblings, Frances Schale; Tony West and Victor West all of Colorado as well as numerous nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
Willard West served the United States Army from September 1, 1966 to August 24, 1968. He served as a Medical Corpsman in the Vietnam War and was awarded a Bronze Star and a Commendation Medal. His rank was Specialist (E-5). He refused to kill or carry a weapon, his religious beliefs forbade taking lives, and when not treating the wounded, the Seventh-day Adventist from Colorado would pray and read Scriptures to others. He was not proud of himself for what he had done, he was proud that God was able to use him to save so many lives. Our hero who will be deeply missed and is reunited with his wife Doris West in Heaven.he was also a live in director along with his wife at the Lamar Homeless Shelter for over 10 years. Both have good caring Hearts and faith in God. Willard heart and smile will forever imprinted in our Minds.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Willard West Memorial Fund in care of the funeral home office.