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Robert Gray West

October 30, 1934 September 7, 2019
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Obituary – Robert Gray West

Robert Gray West, known at Bob, was born October 30, 1934, to Garnett Gray and Effie (Hoffman) West and passed away September 7, 2019, at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown, Iowa after a long battle with congestive heart failure and esophageal cancer.

In Bob’s younger years he showed cattle with his brothers. The West name was well respected among the Angus cattle ranchers. His mother made him take piano lessons and he knew how to ice skate. He attended and played football at Altoona High School in Altoona, Iowa. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He married Shirley Feazell on May 9, 1959, while he was serving in the United States Army. They had two daughters, Katherine and Kimberly. They lived in Altoona until Bob’s father, Garnett, bought a farm in Leon, Iowa. Bob and his family moved to the farm, but he spent the majority of his time driving a truck.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garnett and Effie West; wife, Shirley West; daughter, Kathy West; and brother, Merle West. Survivors include his brother, Carl West and wife, Sandy, of Unionville, Missouri; daughter, Kim and Jim Arenz and of Neosho, Missouri; grandchildren, Kathy’s sons, Tanner West of Chicago, Illinois and Cort West of Osceola, Iowa; and Kim’s children, Michael Grimes and Garnett Sky Arenz, both of Neosho; four great grandchildren, Cort’s daughters, Clair and Caroline and Michael’s children, Kambria and Landon; nieces and nephews, Merle’s children, Lynn Shell of Leon and Steve & Linda West of Osceola and Carl’s sons, Greg West, and Scott West, both of Des Moines, Iowa; and numerous great nieces and nephews, cousins, and extended family.

A memorial service will be held at the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, with Pastor Rick Hawkins officiating. Burial will be in the Van Wert Cemetery next to his wife. Arrangements were through the Slade – O’Donnell Funeral Home in Leon, Iowa.
Memorials may be given in Bob’s memory to the Iowa Veterans Home, Malloy 4 South, 1301 Summit Street, Marshalltown, Iowa 50158.

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1:00 PM 9/24/2019 1:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 9/24/2019 8:00:00 PM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, IA 50144

Family will receive friends 6-8 p.m.

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 IA
United States





2:00 AM 9/25/2019 2:00:00 AM
Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home

103 NE Mill Street
Leon, IA 50144

Memorial Service

Slade - O'Donnell Funeral Home
103 NE Mill Street Leon 50144 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


Van Wert Cemetery Final Resting Place

Van Wert, IA 50262

Van Wert 50262 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Iowa Veterans Home, Marshalltown, Iowa


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