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Curtis Duane West Sr.

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Curtis Duane West Sr. Obituary

Curtis Duane West Sr., 83, passed away on March 23, 2015, surrounded by his family.

He was born in Stilwell, Okla., on the family farm on Oct. 28, 1931, to Gus and Buena West. He was one of five children. His oldest brother was Wilford and his wife Geneva, both deceased; oldest sister was Datha Mullins, deceased.

He is survived by an older brother, Bob and his wife Jewell, and younger sister Amie Patterson and her husband, Darrell. He is also survived by his wife of 61 years, Wanda, and their children, including son, Duane West and his wife Kristi of Plantation, Fla.; daughter Debbie Shelton and her husband Ben of Coppell, Texas, and daughter, Janet West of El Paso, Texas. Curtis' grandchildren are: Sarah West, Ben West, Bryan Johnson, Brianne Johnson, Bennett Shelton, and Casey McCowen and her husband Mason. Great-granddaughters are Hadley Shelton and Mackenzie Underwood.

Curtis attended twelve years of schooling in Stilwell. After that he attended two years of college at Conners College in Warner, Okla., moving to Pandhandle State in Goodwell, Okla., to play football and complete his college degree. It is there that he met and married Wanda.

He obtained his master's degree at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Okla. Curtis served in the military in Washington, D.C, as an honor guard for President Eisenhower. He went on to teach school and coach football in Goodwell and Guymon, Okla., for a total of ten years. In 1965 he and his family moved to Alamogordo where he taught for another 25 years.

Funeral services will be Friday, March 27, at 2 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery. The West family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton O'Dell Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the , , or to Grace United Methodist Church, 1206 Greenwood Lane.

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Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Mar. 26 to Apr. 25, 2015
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