Charles Jay West of Vinita died Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007, at Craig General Hospital in Vinita. He was 85.
Mr. West was born Dec. 26, 1921, at Delaware, Okla., to Henry and Minnie (Thomas) West. He attended Nowata and Catale Schools. He later lived in Vinita.
He was a World War II veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving as a staff sergeant. He was stationed at Bury St. Edmunds, England, and flew 32 combat missions.
He was a pipe fitter and a member of the Plumbers and Pipe Fitters Local No. 430 of Tulsa. He was a 32nd degree Mason of Masonic Lodge No. 5, a member of the Shriners (Tulsa), a member of the American Legion, Dale Peace Post No. 40 for over 50 years, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was a member of the First Christian Church of Vinita.
He married Mary O. Barnes on Sept. 2, 1941, in Claremore. She survives, of the home.
Additional survivors include two daughters and their husbands, Deanna and George Glenn of Sallisaw and Donna and James “Bo” Smith of Miami; one son and his wife, Charles E. “Red” and Sheila West of Vinita; one brother, Kenneth West of Chelsea; three grandchildren and their spouses, Tracy and Randall Baker, Rodney and Kathleen Smith and Melanie and John Bell, and six great-grandchildren, Kylie Grinstead and husband Josh, Kelsie Falleur, Kalyn Baker, and Ashton, Gage and Tanner Charles Smith.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Buddy West.
Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at the First Christian Church of Vinita with pastor Henry “Skip” McClain officiating. Burial will be in Chelsea Cemetery.
Graveside military rites will be conducted by the Grove Veterans Ritual Team.
Pallbearers will be George Glenn, Tracy and Randall Baker, Bo and Rodney Smith, Melanie and John Bell. Honorary pallbearers will be Bob Bennett, Bob McSpadden, Argene Clanton, Terry Layman, Bill Beasley and Ed Berry.
The family receive friends from 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at the Burckhalter Funeral Home.
Memorials are suggested to the Craig County Chapter of the American Red Cross.