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Mr. Harry William West
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Obituary for Mr. Harry William West

Harry William West age 69 of Sturgis, Michigan passed away Wednesday afternoon June 28, 2017 at the Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
He was born April 25, 1948 in Sturgis, Michigan son of the late George L. and Martha (Katz) West.
Harry resided most of his life in Sturgis with the exception of when he lived in Alaska and Minnesota.
Harry was a heavy equipment operator and owned and operated West Development Corporation and Katz Drags developing and constructing baseball fields throughout the Midwest. These businesses were founded through Harry's true love for the game of baseball. While in Alaska he coached baseball for several years. His teams won numerous tournaments, in 1978 they were Anchorage Class C champions and in that same year and also in 1979 they were runner up in the State Championship. Also while in Alaska he worked heavy equipment on the oil line and owned and operated a bar.
Harry was proud to have served his country in the U.S. Air Force from 1966-1970 as a Radar Operator earning the rank of Sergeant. He was a graduate of Sturgis High School with the class of 1966 where he was known by many as Tonto. Harry was a certified diver and enjoyed fishing, hunting, traveling and playing cards, racquetball and tennis.
He is survived by one daughter: Raphaela Gaskill of Sun City, Arizona; one brother: Mitchell West of Lawrence; two sisters: Georgia Ann Kelly of LaGrange, Indiana and Alice (George) Butz of Sturgis and several nieces and nephews.
In accordance with his wishes cremation has taken place. Private burial with full military honors being conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard will be held at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. A gathering of family and friends to celebrate and honor the life of Harry West will be held at the King Dragon Buffet in Sturgis beginning at 5:30 P.M. Friday.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, 49091, 269-651-2331 is entrusted with the arrangements.
Memorial donations would be appreciated to the charity of one's own choice.
The obituary is also at where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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5:30 PM
King Dragon Buffet

1128 S. Centerville Rd., Sturgis, MI 49091

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Oak Lawn Cemetery

300 E. South Street
Sturgis, Michigan 49091


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