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Alvus ‘Al’ West


Published: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 9:44 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 11:09 a.m. CDT

Alvus “Al” West, 79, of Prescott died Jan. 20, 2014, at his home in Prescott.

Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 26, at Powers Funeral Home, junction of highways 34 and 25, Creston. Mary O’Riley will officiate. Burial will be in Iowa Veterans Cemetery at a later date. Al donated his body to the Nebraska Medical Center for medical students. Visitation with family present will be noon to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. Flag presentation will be conducted by Theodore J. Martens Creston VFW Post No. 1797. Memorials may be given to Hospice of Southwest Iowa. Online condolences may be left at www.powersfh.com.

Alvus Marvin West, son of Leota Marie (Howard) and Charles Elmer West, was born Jan. 23, 1934, in Montgomery County.

Al graduated from the Corning in 1953. He later enlisted into the United States Air Force as part of the maintenance department and served from December 1953 to August 1956.

On Aug. 6, 1955, Al married LaVerne Whittle in Superior, Wis.

Al worked for the Union-Pacific Railroad in Iowa.

After leaving the military, Al worked for Hughes Air Craft for 12 years in California, Idaho and New Mexico.

Al and LaVerne were later divorced.

Al spent eight years working for Atlantic Research in El Segundo, Calif.  

On July 14, 1975, Al married Sharon Lee (Swenson) Melville at Salem Church in Lenox.

They moved to Prescott where he opened his own auto repair shop, retiring in 1996. 

Al was a member of the volunteer fire department in both California and Prescott, where he served as chief for a year.

Al is survived by his wife Sharon West of Prescott; daughters, LaVerne Reneé Fuller of Denver, Colo., Patricia Ann (husband Keith) Kendall of Burnsville, Minn., Melissa (husband Roger) Baker of Creston, Lauri  (husband Alan) Buckert of Mount Pleasant and Kris (husband Terry)  Gillispie of Boise, Idaho; daughter-in-law Donna West of Hamilton, Texas; son Keith Lynn West of Kettle Falls, Wash.; brothers, Lee (wife Gloria) West of Weatherford, Texas, and Dennis (wife Cindy) West of Council Bluffs; sister Erma (husband Marvin) Fuller of Corning, 21 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; sons, Allen West and Kevin West; and nephews, Brett Schafer, Ryan Price and Dane, Sean and Daniel West.

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