After growing up on West Island, he graduated from L&M High School in 1965 and then attended Indiana State University. He graduated from Indiana Law Enforcement Academy and later worked for the Greene County Sheriff as a dispatcher and a deputy, for the Bloomfield Police Dept., was Linton's Chief of Police, then retired from Crane NWSC, after working as a detective.
He loved watching his granddaughter, Katie, play softball; his granddaughter, Brenna, play tennis; and visiting his grandson, Clint, and taking him on golf cart rides. He enjoyed camping for several years at the Greene County Shrine Club and going back to West Island at his son, Layne's, place. He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ in Lyons and Masonic Lodge No. 560 and American Legion Post No. 22, both of Linton, and the Greene County Shrine Club. He was a United States Air Force veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Nancy (Uland) West, to whom he was married May 15, 1971; sons, John David (Mickie) West of Linton and Layne (Tonya Sipes) West of Linton; sisters, Karen McCombs of Linton, Suzanne (Gene) Oliver of Lyons, and Sally Skidmore of Brazil; granddaughters, Katie West and Brenna West, both of Linton; grandson, Clint Grounds of Texas; mother-in-law, Imogene Fehrman, of Linton; sister-in-law, Betty West of Linton; brother-in-law, Mike (Diane) Uland of Fairbanks, Alaska; several nieces & nephews; and his best friend, a Basset Hound, Madeline.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Jim and Bud West; an infant brother, Jack Manard West, and his father-in-law, Bob Uland.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Fri., Jan. 4, at Pleasant Grove Church of Lyons. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Military graveside rites will be conducted by American Legion Post No. 22.
Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday at Welch and Cornett Funeral Home in Linton and at 9 a.m. Friday at the church. The Linton Masonic Lodge will conduct memorial rites at 7 p.m. Thursday.
The family has suggested that memorial contributions be made to the Shriner Children's Hospital or Transportation Fund.