David Lee West, age 74 of Amiret, Minnesota passed away of heart troubles May 24th, 2014 at Colonial Manor in Balaton, Minnesota. Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31 at the Garvin Congregational Church. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Friday, May 30 at Tracy Area Funeral home and will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Saturday. Interment is in Bethel Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.
David Lee West was born December 12, 1939 to Dale Leroy West and Anna Agnes (Wright) West at Sioux Valley Hospital in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. He was the twin brother of Douglas Leon West. David joined the Army in 1959 and was stationed in the Bavarian Alps in Germany as a mechanic and a welder. He came back to Garvin and worked in road construction for McLaughlin and Schulz Inc. In 1978, he worked for Lyon County Co-op driving the bulk truck out of Marshall, Minnesota. In the spring of 1981, David started his own business, Dave West Construction, and he was in business until 2013. David and Janet Williams Walterman were united in marriage July 5, 1968 at the Tracy Methodist Church in Tracy, MN. Together they were blessed with eight children, 21 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. In 2010, he and Janet purchased a 1940 Ford two door deluxe similar to the one he had as a teenager; that was number one on his bucket list. He was a member of First Congregational Church, and was treasurer for Bethel Cemetery until this year. He pitched horse shoes on the Amiret team, bowled for Ken’s Super Value, and most of all loved to play cards and was good at it. With all his interests and hobbies, his first love was always his family and friends.
David is survived by his wife Janet; children: Jay (Liz), Mark (Julie), Lori (Terry), Cindy (Jeff), Julie (Brian), Tonja (Marty), Brandon (Shannon), and Ryan (Cindy); grandchildren: Alora, Evan, Kylie, Jack, Sarah, Maura, Sean, Liam, Jordan, Jared, Justin, Paige, Lindsey, Amber, Austen, Deven, Alicia, Hannah, Austin, Marissa and Owen. He is further survived by his sisters: Jean Krueger and Karen Pamp; sister-in-law Nina West; and many nieces and nephews. David is preceded in death by his father and mother, sister Rita, twin brother Doug, grandparents, niece Jenny, and brothers in-law Kenneth Krueger and Charlie Kunkler.