Roy Newton West 1918 - 2012
Roy Newton West died May 27, 2012 at age 93. He was born December 20, 1918 to Simon Newton and Bertha Inez (Neeley) West near Lancaster, Missouri. He graduated from Lancaster High School and received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Northeast Missouri State Teachers College. He served in the U.S. Army as a military policeman at Fort Riley.
On November 8, 1942, he married Margaret Ketchum. He taught music for 11 years, farmed, and operated several businesses before he answered a call to the ministry. He was ordained as an elder in the Kansas East Conference of the Methodist church and served churches in Axtell, Junction City, Altamont, Topeka¸ Holton, and Kansas City. In each community he served, he was active in civic organizations and sought to provide assistance and support to those in need. After retiring in 1988, he served three parishes in the northeast Missouri communities of Novinger, Greentop, and Trinity. He and Margaret moved to Baldwin City, KS in 2000.
Roy is survived by his wife of nearly 70 years and their children James N. West (Jeanne) of Palo, Ia and Martha J. Harris (Nick) of Baldwin City, KS. His sister, Florence, lives in Lancaster, Mo. He is also survived by his grandchildren: Christopher J. West, Todd N. West (Jennifer), Ryan S. West (Paula), Kristin C. Peterson (Brad), and Brian Harris. He also leaves eight great-grandchildren: Andrew, James, Kara, Nolan and Callista West, Olivia Fuller, and Ali Jo and Blake Peterson.
Visitation will be Tuesday, May 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home in Baldwin City. The funeral service will be Wednesday, May 30th at 2:00 at the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City with burial to follow in Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be directed to the First United Methodist Church in Baldwin City or the Palo United Methodist Church and sent in care of Lamb-Roberts Funeral Home P.O. Box 14, Ottawa, KS. 66067. Online condolences may be left at www.lamb-roberts.com.