The Commercial-News, Danville, IL


May 18, 2013

William R. West Sr.

DANVILLE — William R. West Sr., 82, of Danville, passed away at 12:19 p.m. Thursday, May 16, 2013, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana.

He was born on April 11, 1931, in Danville to James J. and Gladys Manley West.

He married Joan Porter on Oct. 11, 1952, in Georgetown. She survives.

Also surviving are two sons, William (Lisa) R. West Jr. of Danville and Jeffery (Carolyn) A. West of Georgetown; a daughter, Debbie (Sonny) Linn of Danville; grandchildren, Courtney King, Megan Sempsrott, Haleigh (Matt) Morrison, Brittany West, Brock West, Corby (Melisa) West, Lise’ (John) Schneider and Jordan West; great-grandchildren, Ava Grace King, Rowan Frances King and Annelise Frances Schneider; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Mary Frew, Joyce M. Long and an infant sister; two brothers, James West and John West; and special friends, Ken and Alice Snook.

After Bill served his country in the United States Navy from 1948-1952, he began work as a bus driver for the Beeline Bus Company. He was a former mayor of Tilton, where he also served as the chief of police for 15 years. Bill was a Vermilion County sheriff’s deputy and for 10 years of that time was chief deputy.

In 1964, he went to work for Lauhoff Grain Company as chief security officer, retiring in 1994. He also had owned and operated B.W. Alarm Company, had been employed with Sunset Funeral Home and was a Red Vest volunteer at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.

Bill was a member of Downtown Danville Rotary, Catlin Masonic Lodge, the Gao Grotto, and the Community Church of God as well as a former member of Good Sams RV Club and Danville Salty Sams RV Group. He loved camping and enjoyed sports, especially the Cubs and Illini. Bill especially enjoyed watching his grandchildren excel in school, sports, music and singing. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Bill’s family also would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center and seventh floor at Carle Foundation Hospital.

A service to celebrate the life of William R. West Sr. will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Pastor Jeremy Zerkle and Pastor Corey Stockdale will officiate. Entombment will follow at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from noon-2 p.m. prior to the service on Monday, also at Sunset in Danville.

Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation.

Please join Bill’s family in sharing memories, photos and video of his life through his Tribute Wall at

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