On March 29, 2018, George Woodrow West, known to family and friends as “Woody,” passed away at the age of 99 in Richardson.
He is survived by his two children, Linda Williams and Gerald West; his son-in-law, Ralph Williams; his grandchildren Lisa, Shana, Amy, Dakota, and Casey; his sister-in-law, Maxine Carter; 11 great-grandchildren; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
George was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Mae West; his father and mother, Samuel and Ida Melinda West; and his grandson, Bruce Fisher, Jr. Further, he was the last surviving member of 12 brothers and sisters.
George served eight years in the Navy and 12 years in the Air Force, obtaining the highest enlisted ratings at the time in both cases (Chief Petty Officer; Master Sergeant). He then served 10 additional years in the Air Force Reserve at Kelly Air Force Base. His expertise was in aircraft maintenance and repair.
His Navy service was during WWII. He is a Pearl Harbor survivor and was wounded during the bombing of Midway. After WWII, he served in many locations around the world, including Japan and Panama. In post-war Japan he served as an aircraft instructor.
After returning to Pleasanton, he was successful in a number of businesses and activities, including establishing the Pleasanton Farm center, long distance trucking service, farming on his precious land, and introducing and selling the Vermeer round hay baler to south Texas. George’s success in all these was due in part to his defining characteristics of hard work and honesty. He was also a very kind man, significantly supporting and helping many other family members and friends throughout his life. He loved animals and they loved him. He was always fond of tending to his backyard garden.
Visitation was held at Hurley Funeral Home in Pleasanton on Tuesday, April 3 from 2 – 8 p.m.
A funeral service led by Pastor Gary Martin will be at Hurley Funeral home on Wednesday, April 4 at 10 a.m. Internment will follow at Christine City Cemetery, which is planned to include military honors. George had a life-long dedication to his church and to the military. Hence, contributions may be given either to the Christine Methodist Church (10th street & Ave J, Christine, TX, 78012) or to any military or veterans charity of your choice.
For anyone wishing to leave condolences for the family, share memories or sign the online guestbook you may do so at www.hurleyfuneralhome.com.