Joseph E. West

December 4, 1931February 11, 2021

Joseph E. West

It is with great sadness that the family of Joseph Edward West, announces his passing on Thursday, February 11, 2021 at the age of 89. He died at home in North Olmsted, Ohio.

He will be forever remembered by his children James West and Karen E. West (Alastair), daughter-in-law Karen A. West, grandchildren Mackenzie Potter, Nelson Potter, Chester Potter, and Kimberly Kane, great grandchildren Sydney Dunlap, Bryce Dunlap, and Madelyn Kane, niece Debbie (Scott) Felt, nephew Scott (Laurie) Felt, great niece Jaime (Adam) Boisvert, great-great nieces Olivia Boisvert, Mackenzee Felt, great-great nephew Bryce Felt.

A service will be held to celebrate Joe’s life on Saturday, February 20, 2021 at Bethany English Lutheran Church, 15460 Triskett Rd, Cleveland, OH 44111. The family will receive guests from 2:00 pm, and the service will begin at 3:00 pm. The service will also be live streamed at

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, on December 4, 1931, as a young boy Joe moved to Cleveland, Ohio with his mother, Elizabeth Harsin West, and father, James Franklin West. He had three siblings: James, George, and Mary Beth.

Joe served in the United States Naval Construction Battalion, known as the Seabees. He was stationed in the Philippines during the Korean War.

He was a longtime member of Bethany Lutheran Church in West Park, where, in his younger years he sang in the choir. He later took a keen interest in weekly Bible study classes.

Joe’s greatest joy in life was spending time with family and friends. Everyone adored his huge heart and his sense of humor.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation in Joe’s memory to Bethany English Lutheran Church, or to a charity of your choice.


  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


  • Visitation

    Saturday, February 20, 2021


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Sydney Dunlap

February 17, 2021

I always loved visiting with papa tiger. Especially, when we were younger and he would take us to Dunkin and then drop us off at day care. He was the best great grandpa a girl could’ve asked for. The day he passed will forever change my life. I’m so glad that I came home and got spend the time with him that I did. He always made me laugh even with his cute little notes around the house and car to remind himself about his phone and other things. I hope he’s enjoying heaven up there and playing golf with uncle Mikey! I love and miss you papa tiger❤️😘🙏

Hayyal Ighneim

February 17, 2021

I have very fond memories of Joe as my first real golf coach. He really loved the game and was happy to pass along advice and tips to novices like me and my brother. We played many rounds over the years and he was always smooth and steady in his game and just a lot of fun to be around. I also have great memories of Sunday football games on TV and hanging with Joe and Jim enjoying the time we all share on this planet. God Bless and may he Rest In Peace.


Angel W

February 17, 2021

I would look forward to spending time with Papa Tiger (Joe) at family gatherings. Always on Christmas Eve and also at birthday gatherings at Kimmy's or Karen's. You will be missed Joe, you were always a pleasure to talk with and share a laugh. RIP.