GLENFIELD – James B. West, 81, of Blue Street, died Saturday morning, January 25, 2014 at his home, while under the care of his family and Lewis County Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be said at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at St. Marys Catholic Church, Glenfield with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Old Glendale Cemetery in the spring. There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are with Iseneker Funeral Home, Lowville. Contributions may be made to Friends of Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367; or to the American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc., 135 Parkinson Avenue, Staten Island, New York 10305.
He is survived by his wife of over 57 years, Lois; two sons, John West and his daughter, McKayla of Glenfield; Walter West of Glenfield; two brothers and sisters-in-law, John Jack and Margaret West of Sand Pond; Richard and Helen West of Radisson, NY; an aunt, and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by his parents; and a sister, Eden Goodhines.
James was born on June 21, 1932 in Hancock, NY, a son of the late John Jack and Evangeline Burns West. He moved to Lyons Falls with his family at a young age, and graduated from Lyons Falls High School. After graduation he enlisted in the U.S. Army. On October 13, 1956, he married Lois Ramsey at St. Marys Catholic Church in Glenfield, with Father Flarity officiating. He worked with his father building homes, and later took over the family business.
Mr. West was a communicant of St. Marys Catholic Church in Glenfield. He was a member of Lowville American Legion Post #162, and a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, VFW. He was a longtime Boy Scout leader and was a member of the Boonville Elks Lodge. He also was a member of the 3G Fire Department for many years.
James enjoyed hunting and going to hunting camp. Years ago, he and his wife, Lois, enjoyed snowmobiling. The couple spent summers at Sand Pond, and spent winters in St. Augustine, Florida for many years. He enjoyed spending time with his granddaughter.