In Memory

John West

John West

   The Reverend JOHN RALPH WEST of Opelika, AL died Thursday, October 15, 2013.  John was a graduate of Stetson University. He served as an industrial plant manager at Vermont American in Auburn before going to work at Samaritan's Purse in the 1980's.  In 1986, the Lord led him to be on the pastoral staff of the Lakeview Baptist Church in Auburn, AL where he served in many different capacities including Deacon and as Chairman of the Personnel Committee. 

   John was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Ilze.  He was always grateful for his father discovering this lovely waitress named Ilze during his college years at Stetson.  He is also survived by his two sons, Chris West and his wife Beth of Raleigh, North Carolina, and his youngest son, Jonathan West of Opelika. His pride and joy in the recent years though has been Chris and Beth's child, his grandson, Jackson.  He is also survived by his sister, Barbara Butterfield of Orlando, FL.

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11/04/14 03:30 PM #1    

James Ryer

John and I were good friends and golf buddies for many years when we were young.  I wish his family and his sister Barbara all the best and send to each of them my condolences on their loss.

James Ryer


11/05/14 10:35 AM #2    

Mary Dobson (Coker)

John was a good friend in high school - last heard from him when he was at Stetson.  I know his family is proud of his accomplishments and I send them my sincerest sympathies at this difficult time.


11/05/14 11:28 AM #3    

Hugh Patterson Jr

John was a friend in high school. I always enjoyed his company. It was good to read a bit about his past.

11/05/14 08:32 PM #4    

Thomas Winikus

I was sorry to hear about John's passing we played a lot of golf together

Tom Winikus

11/06/14 09:24 PM #5    

Jonathan Cannon

John and I grew up next door to each other on Palmola Drive.  We had many good times together.  I'm sorry to hear of his passing.  My condolences to his family.  Jon cannon

11/07/14 04:42 PM #6    

Mary Ann Kalal (Brooks)

John and I went all through elementary, jr high, and high school together.  I remember he, Frances Singer, and Johnathan Cannon all lived on the same street.  Sorry to learn of his thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.


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