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Ronald A West

January 23, 1934 December 19, 2018
Ronald A West
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Obituary for Ronald A West

Ronald Allen West, beloved husband, father and grandfather, 84, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at home in Bloomfield Hills. He was born January 23, 1934 in Detroit to Leonilda (Barbara) and John Harvey West.

Ron grew up in Berkley, where he met his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Joan Ina Gibson, at the age of 15. He served in the US Navy during the Korean War, returning home to marry Joan and start a family in 1955. Ron attended Michigan State University and University of Detroit Mercy. Ron’s professional career included remarkable achievements. He was employed by the Kidde Corporation and Dura Corporation as an accountant, ascending the corporate ladder becoming CFO and eventually President and owner of Dura. He most recently held board positions with several companies and organizations culminating as Chairman of the Board with Lannett Corporation, until his retirement in 2012. Ron was an active member of Christ Church Cranbook but most notably, a beloved husband, father, and grandfather.

Ron is survived by his children, Michael (Suzanne) West of Grosse Pointe; Scott (Nancy) West of Duxbury, Massachusetts; Megan (Michael) Thurston of Bloomfield Hills; and Paul West (Maria Cook, fiancé) of Waterford; sister, Gayle LaMagna of Bruce Township; and his grandchildren, to whom he so greatly loved and had deep affection: Elizabeth, Harrison, Charles, Jonathan, Julie, Nina, Christa, Mitchell, Emily, William, and Kirsten.

His beloved companion and wife of 69 years, Joan, preceded him in death in 2012. Ron is also preceded in death by his parents John and Leonilda; his daughter, Julie; his brothers, Wilson and Michael; and sister, Barbara (Jefferies).

The family will receive friends Saturday, December 22 from 2 – 8 PM at the Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 12 Mile Road, Berkley (2 blocks west of Woodward). Funeral services will be Sunday, December 23 at 4 PM, Christ Church Cranbrook, 470 Church Road, Bloomfield Hills. Interment at Roseland Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Christ Church Cranbrook Altar Guild or Outreach Program, organizations that were dear to both Ron and Joan.

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2:00 PM 12/22/2018 2:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 12/22/2018 8:00:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2125 Twelve Mile Road Berkley 48072 MI
United States





4:00 PM 12/23/2018 4:00:00 PM
Christ Church Cranbrook

470 Church Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Mr. West will lie in state at church from 3:00 PM until the time of the Service.

Christ Church Cranbrook
470 Church Road Bloomfield Hills 48304 MI
United States

Cemetery Details


Roseland Park Cemetery Final Resting Place

29001 Woodward Avenue
Berkley, Michigan 48072

29001 Woodward Avenue Berkley 48072 Michigan
United States

Memorial Contribution

Christ Church Cranbrook's Altar Guild and/or Outreach Program

470 Church Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

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