James Owen West, 77, of the Fletcher area, passed away Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012, at Fair Haven Shelby County Home.
He was born June 30, 1935, on State Route 48 north of Pleasant Hill, to his parents, Samuel and Pearl (Oakes) West. He attended Newton High School and graduated from there in 1953.
Jim retired from Dayton Power & Light Co. after 31 years of service in the gas division and previously had been employed by several other gas companies. He married his second wife, Phyllis Suzanne Millhouse Freeman, on Oct. 20, 1979.
He is survived by his first wife and mother of his four children, Wilma Jean Ellison; his children, Theresa and Kevin Burnside of Troy, Kristina Darby of Troy, Lori Dennis of Westerville and Bonnie Blair of Tipp City; 11 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; four stepdaughters; one stepson; eight step-grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Phyllis; brothers, Robert, John and Kenneth West; and sisters, Jean Byrd and Barbara West.
Jim was a member of the First Baptist Church of Troy where he served on the board of trustees and as chairman of the usher committee. He loved his Lord and served him faithfully. He was an active member in both the Fletcher and Vandalia Lions Club and was a past president of the Fletcher Lions Club.
He will be remembered by his family as being a kind, thoughtful, caring, loving husband and father.
Funeral services will be conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jackson-Sarver Funeral Home, 1 S. Main St., Pleasant Hill. Interment will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua.
The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
If so desired, memorial contribution may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or the First Baptist Church of Troy.
Online memories may be left for the family at www.jackson-sarver.com