FARMINGTON – Rev. Clyde E. West, 82, passed away April 2, 2006, at his Farmington Presbyterian Manor residence, after a long illness. Clyde was born June 19, 1923, in LaHarpe, Kansas, and was the son of Clyde E. West Sr., and Anna Jane ‘Rimmel’ West Clemans. He was also preceded-in-death by: his step-father, Claude S. Clemans and an infant son, Courtney Eugene West.
Clyde completed pre-flight training as a aviation cadet with the United States Naval Reserve; He was a Medical Aidman as a Medical Detachment of the 232nd Battalion of the Rainbow Division of the United States Army. He served in France, Germany and Austria. He received the WWII Victory Ribbon; Good Conduct Medal; American Theater Ribbon; EAME Theater Ribbon and 2 Bronze Stars. He taught two years in the Salem Rural Country School (1948-1950), near Iola, Kansas. He received his B.A. Degree at Kansas State University, Pittsburg, Kansas, in 1951, and completed his training as a Presbyterian minister from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, in December 1954. He was ordained at the Cote Brilliante Presbyterian Church of St. Louis in November 1954. He served as Pastor of First United Presbyterian Church of Bement, Illinois (1955-1957); Westfield Presbyterian Church, Fort Wayne, Indiana (1957-1961); associate pastor of Nelson Presbyterian Church, St Louis (1961-1967) and pastor of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, St. Louis (1967-1986). He was a member of the Giddings-Lovejoy Presbytery of St. Louis, Missouri. Rev. West and his wife have made their home in the Farmington Presbyterian Manor since 1988, where he has been active in: Kiwanis Club, American Legion Post #416; Masonic Lodge; Scottish Rite; Shrine Moolah Temple, and the Farmington Ministerial Alliance. Rev. West wrote and directed the phone-tape daily ministry, which was very popular from 1992-1994. The &#8220West Chapel” was dedicated December 28, 2003, in honor of Rev. West to the Presbyterian Manor by Dr. Carol Willman and Marjorie Blight.
Survivors Include: his wife of 56 years, Helen Louise ‘Crouch’ West, of Farmington; Three Daughters: Clydea L. ‘Mrs. Dennis’ Hampel, of Fayetville, Illinois; Althea ‘Mrs. Ben’ Hensley, of St. Charles, Missouri, Annetta M. ‘Mrs. William’ Curtis, Jr., of Atlanta, Georgia. One Son, Curtis E. (and Susan) West, of Denver, Colorado. One Sister, Mable M. ‘Mrs. Rev. Paul’ Seyffer, of New Salem, North Dakota. Also surviving are 7 Grandchildren.
Visitation today, 4-8 p.m. at Taylor Funeral Service, Inc., Farmington. Visitation Wednesday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. with funeral 1 p.m.. at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa, St. Louis (314) 832.7770. Interment with full military honors at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials to: * HospiceCare, Inc. Photo obituary; online guestbook and Video Tribute online at: www.taylorfuneral.com