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People’s Funeral Chapel

501 North Douty Street, Hanford, CA

OBITUARY

Billie "Bill" Floyd West

August 4, 1932June 1, 2019

Billie Floyd West, known to most as Bill, was born August 14, 1932 in Orange, California to Floyd Addy West and Blanche Leola (Snuddy) West.

Bill passed away on June 1, 2019 at the age of 86 yrs. old in Hanford.

Bill grew up with three brothers, Joe, Tom and Jim. Hard work and dedication was something that he learned at a young age and it made him always take pride in taking care of and providing for his family. Bill was very proud of his family’s service to our country. His father Floyd served in the WWI in 1890, his brother Joe served for the Army in the WWII in 1941, Bill served in the Navy during the Korean War in 1951, and his younger brother Jim served for the Air Force during the Vietnam War in 1960.

In 1953 Bill met and married his first true love, Velda E. Turner -West on October 10, 1953 and the two were married for 49 beautiful years. Together they had five wonderful daughters: Cindy Longfellow, Patti Shirk, Janey Warren, Judi Baumgardner and Carole Fusenig. As Bill would say, “Family is my bucket of gold at the end of the rainbow”. In 1968 Bill who was working at Southern Ca. Edison Co. signed a bid to relocate to Hanford, CA. which was a dream come true they didn’t want to raise their girls in the city. Bill and Velda had always dreamed of raising their daughters in the country so they bought a house on 2 1/2 acres; just enough space to experience country life.

Bill coached his daughter’s Bobbie Sox softball teams for many years and also helped with his daughter’s 4-H projects. He absolutely loved life and loved his family with all his heart. When Velda passed away on June 23, 2003 his heart was broken, for the first time in many years he found himself alone. Clueless how to move forward, Bill did his best to stay active and started attending church more often. Bill was an active member of the Hanford senior bowling league but still there was this emptiness that tugged at his heart.

While bowling, Bill met Shirley Heinrich from Lemoore, CA and from that moment on the two were inseparable. They were truly two little peas in a pod who complimented each other well. Once again his heart was full and the two married on December 27, 2004. Bill was a member of the South Valley Community Church in Lemoore, CA. Bill was the type of person that never met a stranger he wouldn’t talk to and always had a big smile on his face whenever you’d see him.

Bill is survived by his wife Shirley Heinrich of Hanford, five daughters: Cindy and husband Bill Longfellow of Hanford, Patti and husband Jeff Shirk of Visalia, Janey and husband Dennis Warren of Hanford, Judi Baumgardner, and Carole and her husband JP Fusenig of Rocklin, CA. His brother Jim, and his wife Cheryl of Newport, CA along with 15 grandchildren: Brian Cordero and his wife Laulani, William Longfellow, Stephanie Higuera and her husband John, Jason Cordero, Bridgetta Peters and her husband Marcus, Melonie Pierotte and her husband Josh, Megan Root, Cody Warren and his wife Elizabeth, William Shirk, Matthew Shirk, Conner Baumgardner, Billy Baumgardner, Jannah Fusenig, Muhammad Fusenig and Leila Fusenig.11 Great -Grandchildren: Tyra Higuera, Elijah Cordero, Jeremiah Cordero, Joshua Cordero, Keaulana Cordero, Olena Cordero, Caleb Root, Preston Root, Brody Pierotte, Logan Pierotte and Kash Warren and one Great-Great grandson-Oliver Peters.

  • FAMILY

  • Floyd Addy West, Father
  • Blanche Leola West, Mother
  • Velda E. West, First True Love
  • Shirley Jean West, Wife
  • Cindy & Bill Longfellow, Daughter
  • Patti & Jeff Shirk, Daughter
  • Janey & Dennis Warren, Daughter
  • Judi Baumgardner, Daughter
  • Carole & JP Fusenig, Daughter
  • Jim & Cheryl West, Brother
  • Joe West, Brother
  • Tom West, Brother
  • He also leaves behind his 15 grandchildren: Brian Cordero and his wife Laulani, William Longfellow, Stephanie Higuera and her husband John, Jason Cordero, Bridgetta Peters and her husband Marcus, Melonie Pierotte and her husband Josh, Megan Root, Cody Warren and his wife Elizabeth, William Shirk, Matthew Shirk, Conner Baumgardner, Billy Baumgardner, Jannah Fusenig, Muhammad Fusenig and Leila Fusenig.11 Great -Grandchildren: Tyra Higuera, Elijah Cordero, Jeremiah Cordero, Joshua Cordero, Keaulana Cordero, Olena Cordero, Caleb Root, Preston Root, Brody Pierotte, Logan Pierotte and Kash Warren and one Great-Great grandson-Oliver Peters.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Brian Cordero
  • Jason Cordero
  • William Shirk
  • Matthew Shirk
  • Cody Warren
  • Muhammad Fusenig
  • Billy Baumgardner
  • Conner Baumgardner

Services

  • Visitation Monday, June 10, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Memories

Billie "Bill" Floyd West

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Elaine Braz

June 13, 2019

Dear Shirley ...

Am so sorry for your loss of this lovely human, Bill.
Thank you for being a friend to my Dad, Manuel Braz. He truly cherished the time the three of you had together bowling and the friendship that was built. Know that my family sincerely sends our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Linda Heinrich

June 8, 2019

I called him 'uncle Bill', because he felt like my family. Such a loving, wonderful, thoughtful and happy man. He always had a smile, a tease or a joke to say. He lit up the room when he entered. We were so blessed to have him in our lives for the last 14 years.
With his family, he also had 2 step daughters, Betty (Tom) Newman and Carol (Heinrich) and many step grandchildren that he loved and they all loved him too.
Gee, how could you not love uncle Bill?
Prayers for all of his family and friends.
We love you, uncle Bill.