OBITUARY

Neil Robert West

April 25, 1933January 20, 2019

Neil was born on April 25, 1933, the sixth of the seven children born to Glenn and Edith West. He was raised on the family farm, which would eventually be designated a Centennial Farm when he took over the operation from his dad. He had a country childhood, working on the farm and going to country school. To hear him tell it, he walked uphill both going to and coming from school . . . and it was always raining or snowing.

He was proud to serve Leroy Township for 52 years, with over 50 years as Township Supervisor. He saw an incredible amount of change over the years, but kept the same way of treating people with respect whenever there were issues. Neil also held positions in the Michigan Township Association, including Treasurer, Secretary, First Vice President then President. He had the opportunity to work with many state legislators and governors through these positions.

Neil was a gifted athlete in high school, but he was especially good at baseball. He was drafted into the Army in 1955 and pitched for his team at Fort Carson. His manager at that time was Billy Martin, who later became the manager of the Yankees. While in the Army, Neil came to the attention of a pro scout who offered a chance to play in the Yankees’ farm system. In those days, players didn’t command the salaries like today, so he opted to return to the family farm. He never regretted that decision.

Neil loved life. He loved people, his work, a good round of golf (and even a bad round of golf with good friends) and any kind of sporting event. He loved to laugh and enjoyed a good prank, both those played on him and playing them on others. But most of all, he loved his family: his wife, his kids (and kids-in-law), his grandchildren, his great-grandchildren and all of his extended family. He never met a stranger.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Ruth (Crandall), daughter Karen (Timothy) Smith, son Kevin (Michael) West, granddaughter Ashleigh (Michael) Kunzelman, and great-grandchildren Mason, Caden and Zoey. In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to Leroy Township, designated to the Steven and Ruth Simmons Memorial Park, 1685 M-52, Webberville, MI 48892. That park also houses the Neil West Pavilion. The family would also like to extend their thanks to those at the Sparrow Cardiac Critical Care Unit for their kindness and care for Neil.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 am. with visitation at 10:00 am at the Webberville United Methodist Church. A luncheon will follow the service. For those not able to attend, the service will be live streamed on Facebook beginning approximately 10:30. On Facebook, search for the Neil West Memorial group to find the live event.

  • DONATIONS

  • Leroy Township; Steven and Ruth Simmons Memorial Park

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, January 26, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, January 26, 2019
REMEMBERING

Neil Robert West

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Larry Merrill

January 26, 2019

The Michigan Townships Association expresses our deepest sympathy to Ruth and the entire West family. Neil was MTA President in 1998, where he drew the admiration and respect of township officials statewide. Many in the organization were proud to call Neil a friend. His gentle humor and unflappable demeanor were a model of leadership and collegiality. He left a lasting legacy for township government throughout Michigan.

Faye Hargrove

January 25, 2019

I feel so blessed to have known Neil for the past 11 years. I came to work at the Leroy Township office in 2008 as a temp and Neil and I hit it off instantly. I was hired permanently a year later, with Neil's support. Working with Neil was one the best experiences of my life. I have had many bosses but none like Neil. He was almost always smiling and had a cheery disposition most of the time. He was funny, kind, considerate and compassionate. In 2016, Neil sponsored my membership into the Webberville Lions Club and I will always be grateful for that. I thoroughly enjoyed our dinners together at the Lions Club meetings. Neil will always hold a very special place in my heart. He will be terribly missed!

Julie Nims Blackburn

January 24, 2019

Neil West was a welcoming figure in Webberville area for a lifetime. Neil knew the meaning of civic duty...a thing lost today. He will be sorely missed by many. God gained a truly great man.
Julie Nims Blackburn

Liz Davis

January 23, 2019

Deepest sympathy to Mrs. West, your family, and friends. Mr. West participated in many veteran celebration assemblies st Webberville Elementary School. He was a true patriot who proudly served our country. May God grant you peace and comfort in the days ahead. Love - Reed & Liz Davis

Peter West

January 23, 2019

My father Roy West was my uncle Neil's older brother. Every summer in high school when I was old enough to drive I worked on the Family Farm living with my grandparents, my dad and uncle Neil's parents. I'll never forget the times spent on the farm. Even when I would screw up Uncle Neil would let me have it and then five minutes later it was forgotten, he was truly young at heart. Rest in peace Uncle Neil I will never forget the times when I worked for you. My thoughts are with you Aunt Ruth, Karen, and Kevin.

Terry & Lila Andrews

January 23, 2019

Karen, Tim, Ashleigh and family,
May all your beautiful memories of love, laughter, hugs and smiles sustain you through this time.
With love,
Terry and Lila Andrews

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY