Lives Lived: Robert West |

Lives Lived: Robert West

Robert Daymond West died Feb. 18 at home in Grass Valley, with his family by his side. He was 86.

A visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Hooper and Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City. A funeral service will be at 2 p.m. at the mortuary, with the Rev. Dr. Judith Pruess-Mellow officiating.

A graveside service will follow at Sierra Memorial Lawn Cemetery, with military honors rendered by the Nevada County All Veterans Honor Guard. A reception will immediately follow the graveside service.

He was born on Feb. 8, 1924, in Zanesville, Ohio, to Russell and Florence (Jones) West. He completed the eighth grade in rural Ohio during the Great Depression. He then worked to support his family until joining the United States Navy at the age of 17, serving in the South Pacific during World War II.

Mr. West was married on Jan. 13, 1946, to Bonita Jeanne in San Jose, Calif.

He was a mechanic and worked in caning and the can-making industry in the Santa Clara Valley during the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

Mr. West worked hard all his life and built his family’s first home. He saved and invested and always was very proud of home and family.

The Wests later moved to Grass Valley, where he enjoyed golf, fishing and family time. He built a great life from humble beginnings, and for that, his family chooses to celebrate more than grieve.

Mr. West is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Bonnie Jeanne West of Grass Valley; children, Connie (John) Shady of Penn Valley, Tim West of Grass Valley, Randy (LaRae) West of Freedom, and Becky (Byron) Hay of Pleasanton; grandchildren, Laura Shady, Mark Shady, Brett Shady, Ron Hammerness, Jaime West Zezini, Chris Hay, Amber West, Travis West, Erika Hay and Preston Hay; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Donnie and Ronnie West, and sister, Peanie Brokaw, all of Ohio

He is preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Chester West and sister Kate Camp; all of Ohio.

Arrangements are by Hooper and Weaver Mortuary.

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