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Raymond E. West Jr.


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Raymond E. West Jr. Obituary
Raymond E. West, Jr.
AMHERST – Raymond E. West, Jr., age 71, of Amherst, passed away on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at New Life Hospice Residential Center following a brief illness with cancer.
Born April 15, 1943 in Pittsburgh, PA, he came to Lorain with his family as a young child. He attended Lorain High School. He joined the US Navy and also served in the Navy Reserves.
After his time in the service, Ray worked at American Greetings, General Motors and US Steel. In 1967, he began his career with the Lorain Police Department. He worked many years as a patrolman and then for the last 10 years prior to his retirement in 1991, he worked in the Records and Evidence Room. While with the department, he was active for many years with "Operation Open Heart".
After his retirement, he and his wife, Sharon, lived in New Smyma Beach, FL for 15 years, returning to Amherst in 2006.
Ray was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Police, Blue Knights, Amherst Sportsman Club and Buckeye Bounders of Ohio Motor Home Group. He was also a member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Chapter FL1-H, where he served as the assistant director and where he and his wife were once also honored as "Couple of the Year".
He enjoyed woodworking, creating and making PVC Tropical birds, which he sold for many years at craft shows.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Sharon (nee Klein); his daughters Kathleen "Micki" McNamara, of Brunswick, and Diane "DeDe" (Todd) Griffith, of Amherst; his grandchildren, John M. (Jaimee) McNamara, of Bowling Green, Brittany McNamara, of Cleveland, and Adam Griffith of Amherst; and his great-grandchildren, Ella and Liam McNamara, of Bowling Green; his sisters, Lois Nau, and Pattie Coley, both of Lorain; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond Sr. and Cora (nee Graham) and his brother, Leland West.
The family will receive friends at a memorial gathering on Sunday, August 3, 2014 from 1-4 p.m. in the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center, 1110 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in memory of Raymond to: New Life Hospice, 3500 Kolbe Rd., Lorain, OH 44053.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.dovinreberjones.com

Published in The Morning Journal on July 30, 2014
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