Jim L. West was born on Aug. 13, 1943 in Berkeley, Calif. He passed away at age 69 on Jan. 6, 2013 in Dallas, Texas. He was a former Granbury resident.
Graveside service: 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at Granbury Cemetery in Granbury, Texas. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Wiley Funeral Home.
Memorials: Memorial donations may be given to Hico Care Center, 712 S. Railroad Ave., Hico, TX 76457.
Jim grew up in Lance Creek, Wyoming and graduated from Niobrara County High School.
A Vietnam veteran, he served in the United States army 1962-1965, was stationed stateside and in Europe and Cambodia, attained the rank of PFC E-3, and was a rifle sharpshooter and carbine expert. He was proud of his military service and was a life member of Granbury Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7835.
He lived in several states before settling in Carlton, Texas and had worked as a prison guard, miner, in the nuclear industry, for the City of Granbury, at Shanley House in Granbury, and for Saint-Gobain Coated Abrasives in Stephenville.
Jim enjoyed arrowhead collecting, history, bird watching, fishing, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. Jim loved life, never met a stranger, and was quick to share a joke or a story and always willing to offer a hand or an opinion.
Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Winnie Flint West, mother, Wyona Overman, stepfather, John Overman, father, Willie Howard West, and sister, Ethel McDonald.
Survivors: Stepdaughters and their husbands: Cathy and Dan Wilterding, Denise and Duane Addison, and Cindy and Roger Jordan; two sisters and their husbands, Virginia and Kenneth Bowen and Lois and Richard Ladwig; one brother, Don West; his grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and cousins; and many friends.