Anchorage resident Ronald Phillip West died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, in Anchorage. He was 49.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at Kodiak Island Providence Extended Care Unit. Todd Putney of the Community Baptist Church will officiate. A wake will follow at Tony's Bar in Kodiak.
Mr. West was born on Oct. 7, 1954, in Hillsboro, Ore., to Farrell and Dorris West. After graduating from Hill High School, he moved with his family to Anchorage. He worked as a cargo agent for Wein Air and Ryan Air in Kodiak. He also spent long winters in Hawaii and Mexico. He was a respected horticulturist and a member of the Alaska Chapter of NORMAL.
"He preferred to live simply with few material possessions and embraced the Alaska lifestyle, loving the wildlife and living outdoors. He was also an accomplished accordion, clarinet and flute player. Samantha 'Sammy,' his beagle, was his longtime companion whom he cherished dearly. He will always be remembered for his extreme sensitivity and kindness. He will also be remembered for his powerful ability to capture his many nieces and nephews' attention with his storytelling of his worldly life adventures. He was a beautiful, beautiful person," his family said.
Mr. West was preceded in death his father, Farrell, and nephew, Bruce West.
He is survived by his mother, Dorris West of Kodiak; brothers, Ed West of Kodiak, Bob West of Nikiski and James West of Sterling; nephews, Jacob West of Maui, Hawaii, Keith West of Sterling and Elliot Severson of Nikiski; nieces, Shannon West of Oregon, Georgia West, Nora, Alexa and Ramona Walsh of Sterling, and Elizabeth and Emily West and Sarah Severson of Nikiski.
Condolences and flowers may be sent to Dorris West, c/o PKMC Care Center, 1915 Rezanof, Kodiak, AK 99615.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel and Anchorage Funeral Home.
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