John Leroy West, 86, formerly of Williamsfield, passed away on October 25, 2020, 1:05 PM, at OSF St. Mary Medical Center, Galesburg. John was born on February 22, 1934 in Gilson. He was the son of Ronald and Ruth West. He married Johanna Knussman on March 1, 1953 in Galesburg. Together they celebrated 67 years of marriage. He is survived by his wife, Johanna of Seminary Manor, Galesburg; his sons, Greg (Lynne) West of Knoxville and Kevin (Marla) West of Williamsfield; a brother, Joey West of London Mills; granddaughters, Emily West, Amanda (Nathan Pilon) West, Andrea (Jeremiah) Fowler, Amy (Ty) Landon; great-grandsons, Preston, Dash, Kanan and Maxwell. John was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Ronald “Budge,” Oley and Theodore “Teddy”; and sisters, Doris, Lois Mae and Marilyn. John attended Elmwood schools. He was a farmer in Williamsfield area. John retired from Caterpillar where he was a Material Controls Supervisor. He later managed Fritzy’s Greenhouse in Williamsfield for several years. He was an avid gardener and hunter. John loved to fish locally but more so, for over the last 50 years, he loved his annual fishing trip to Minnesota with family and friends. John was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by those who loved him. Cremation rites have been accorded. Graveside service will be 11:00 AM, Saturday, July 24, 2021 at the Williamsfield Cemetery, Williamsfield, Illinois. Rev. Dave Mustain will officiate. Arrangements have been entrusted with Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Homes and Crematory, Knoxville. On-line condolences or expressions of sympathy may be made through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.
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