Louis Robert West, born March 11, 1940, to Robert Wayne and Mary Lou (née Napier) West in Denver, Colorado, died suddenly at his home near Dayton, Wyoming, Aug. 30, 2019, at age 79.
He and his family moved from Moorcroft, Wyoming, to Dayton in 1947, establishing West Grocery and Sport Store.
In addition to Dayton School, Lou attended St. John’s Military School in Salina, Kansas, for junior high school and Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, where he graduated in 1958.
After a year of college at the University of Wyoming, Lou moved to Hawaii, then Alaska, and later to San Mateo, California. There, he reconnected with former Dayton School classmate Jeanette Beavers in San Francisco, where she was based as a flight attendant with TWA. After dating several months and becoming engaged, they both wanted to return to Wyoming. Lou secured a job with Jackson Hole Ski Corporation. A month later, Jeanette returned to her home in Powell, where they were married at St. Barbara’s Church on Sept. 3, 1966.
After a year in Jackson, they decided to return to Laramie, Wyoming, where Lou finished his degree in secondary education. Mr. West taught high school in Midwest, Wyoming, for four years before moving to Thermopolis, Wyoming, to teach World History, Anthropology, Psychology, and Economics for 23 years.
Lou was a voracious reader. Big game, waterfowl, and upland bird hunting were his passion, along with fly fishing and following Wyoming Cowboy Athletics.
Lou was preceded in death by his parents, and is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jeanette, sons: Mark of Arlington, Massachusetts, Matthew of Denver, Colorado, and daughter Michele, also of Denver.
He was a member of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Ranchester, Wyoming, a veteran of the United States Air Force, an ardent pro-life supporter, and a committed defender of the United States Constitution.
A Vigil for Lou will be held from at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5, at Kane Funeral Home with Father Carl Beavers officiating. A Funeral Mass will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, at Holy Name Catholic Church. Internment Services will be held immediately after Mass at Dayton Cemetery. A Reception will follow the burial at Dayton Community Hall.
Memorials in Lou’s memory may benefit Holy Name School, c/o 121 S. Connor, Sheridan, WY 82801, or Dayton Fire and Rescue or Dayton School Benefit Club.
Online condolences may be written at www.kanefuneral.com.
Kane Funeral Home has been entrusted with local arrangements.
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