Wells, Vermont – William H. West, 88, passed away on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at Rutland Regional Medical Center following a long illness of myelodysplastic syndrome.
William was born in Granville, New York, on Feb. 27, 1933, the son of the late Harry and Lila (Capen) West.
He was a graduate of Granville High School, Class of 1951.
William enlisted into the United States Marines Corps in 1953, serving in the Korean War during the conflict. After being released from active duty in 1956, he settled in Connecticut before returning to Wells, Vermont, to assist on the family farm due to his father’s failing health. He continued to operate the family farm with his brother Walter after his father’s death and cared for his mother throughout her life, enabling her to remain in her own home.
He was a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1653 and the American Legion Post #323 of Granville, New York.
William enjoyed working with his brother in their maple syrup business for many years. He also enjoyed gardening, history, reading, cutting firewood, visiting with others and living on the farm.
In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his four sisters Jean Carroll, Winnie Stahlmann, Patricia West and Lucy Franz and his brother Warren West.
Survivors include his sisters Elizabeth Bernhardt of Ashby, Massachusetts, Alice Brindise of Granville, Marjorie Tarasovich and Janice Jones, both of Wells, and his brother Walter West of Wells/Middletown Springs, Vermont. He also is survived by numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.
A committal service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 17, in the Wells Cemetery, Wells, Vermont, with full military honors. Reverend Jerry McKinney, pastor of the United Church of Granville, will officiate.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Rutland County Humane Society, 765 Stevens Rd., Pittsford, VT 05763 or donate blood to the American Red Cross.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Michael G. Angiolillo Funeral Home, 210 Broadway, Whitehall, New York.
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