The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

July 16, 2013

Bill West

The Joplin Globe

JOPLIN, Mo. — William A. "Bill" West, age 64, Joplin, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at his home with family at his side after a courageous battle with cancer.

Bill was born Mar. 2, 1949, in Webb City, son of the late Billy Bob West and Catherine Jane Treece West. He graduated from Joplin High School in 1967 and received his Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Friends University, in Wichita, Kan. He served in the United States Navy during the Vietnam Era and returned to Joplin, where he began his career with the Joplin Fire Department. He worked for the City of Joplin from 1977, until his retirement in 2003. He was the Fire Chief from 1996 until 2003.

Bill enjoyed spending time with his family, and loved to go fishing.  He was also known to his family for his sense of humor.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Tommy West; and a sister, Margaret Mayhue.

Survivors include his wife, of nearly 45 years, Linda Metcalf West; sons, Ryan West and wife, Sonja, of Webb City, Matthew West and wife, Kimberly, of Carl Junction; grandchildren, Ally West, Hunter West, and Sarah Burtrum; brother, Terry West, of Joplin; sisters, Susan Henson, of Joplin, Kathy Bailey, of Grove, Okla.; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be Friday, July 19, at 10 a.m. in Parker Mortuary Chapel with Pastor Chris Sloan officiating. Interment will follow in Ozark Memorial Park Cemetery with members of the Joplin Fire Department serving as pallbearers. The family will receive friends at Parker Mortuary on Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.