CAMPBELL – William H. West, 85, died Tuesday, October 25, 2022, joining his beloved wife on their 64th wedding anniversary. His family was by his side.
William was born June 8, 1937 in Williamson, W.Va., the son of Ernest and Edith Reba West. He was a United States Navy veteran, assigned to Seabees on USS Alameda County.
Developing a strange work ethic from an early age (“I had been working since I was 8!”), he told stories about a variety of jobs, including working in a carnival, welding and sale of wrought iron. Most notably, he founded and ran a successful plastic extrusion business that began in the early 1970s as West Products in Campbell. Over the years, he also owned and managed properties and ran an industrial surplus business.
Bill was a parishioner at St. Lucy’s Church, where he used his gift of beautiful voice from his seat in the congregation, preferring to stay out of the choir, as he was never comfortable with any attention.
He recently celebrated his 60th year in the Campbell Golf League, where he was very proud to boast of being the longest serving member ever. Moreover, his team reached the playoffs just a few weeks ago, which was a very satisfying end to his golfing career.
He played tuba for the United States Navy Marching Band and was self-taught on the piano, but thrived on a guitar, kicking out country music at home and whenever he got together with his brothers.
Bill provided many mentorships, becoming personally involved in teaching skills and trades to men who had little or no training. He didn’t feel useful unless he was building something, improving his professional life and business, or helping someone. He never stopped, and his family and others often called him the “energizing bunny.”
Bill was predeceased by his parents; brothers, Clifford and Carl; and his wife, Filomena Caruso West, to whom he was totally devoted and married on October 25, 1958, at St. Lucy’s Catholic Church.
He will be deeply missed by his daughters, Joyce (Steve) Zitkovich of Boardman and Mary (Tim) Gut of North Olmsted; his son, Bill West Jr. (Yukari Inoue) of Poland; his brother, Paul (Sheron) in western Idaho; sister, June (Sam) Barker of Hubbard; brother, Melvin (Carolyn) West of South Carolina; and his brother, Jonathan (Lauren) in western Arizona. Bill has seven amazing grandchildren, Aimee (Derek) Moore, Chuck (Helene Wolf) Miller, Stephanie Zitkovich, Kara Gut, Vanessa (Clark) Stanley, Mai West and Rocco West; and eight great-grandchildren, Mikayla, Leah, Trinnity, Marcos, Adriana, Lennox, Malaina and Vittoria.
Funeral services will be held at 12 noon on Monday, October 31, 2022 at Wasko Funeral Home, with the Reverend Michael Swierz officiating. The family will receive relatives and friends from 9:30 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
Donations can be made, in Bill’s name, to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital or Father Flannigan’s Boys Town.
The West family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Wasko Funeral Home. Visit www.waskofamily.com to view this obituary and send condolences from Bill’s family.