SHELL KNOB, Mo. - James Richley West I, of Shell Knob, passed away at Mercy Hospital, in Springfield, Missouri, on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019.
James "Jim" was born in Dayton, Ohio, on Sept. 21, 1945, the son of James Robert West and Anna Laura (Fella) West, who preceded him in death.
He was married on Oct. 29, 1966, to Judith Ann Edwards, in Columbus, Ohio.
He was a man of great honor and served this country as a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
He began his career in the late 1960s at Columbus Auto Parts, until moving to Missouri, in 1986, to accept a position as plant manager of Federal Mogul Corporation in Maryville, Missouri, where he served the company in that capacity, until his retirement in 2009.
Throughout his career, he served on and was active in many organizations, including: Rotary Club, Airport Board, and the Industrial Development Board.
Jim is survived by: his wife, Judy; his four children: Gina Ann Barger, of Maryville, Wendy Renee Froncek (James), of Springfield, James Richley West II (Leslie), of Kansas City, Missouri, and Natalie Sue Bettger (Jeff), of Grand Prairie, Texas; along with his grandchildren: Brandon Thomas Rollins, Maggie Ann Barger, Hannah Nicole Froncek, Sarah Michelle Froncek, James Richley West III, Christian Ross West, Lydia Ann Bettger, Austin Thomas Bettger, Hagan Alexander West, and Mary Elizabeth Froncek; and his one great-grandchild, Bentley Eugene Rollins.
He was also preceded in death by his sister, Cheryl Kay Glasener, of New Carlisle, Ohio.
Visitation will be held from 6:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at Price Funeral Home, 120 East First St., Maryville, MO.
Celebration of life will follow from 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to: Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and the American Cancer Society, in loving memory of James Richley West I. As published in the St. Joseph News-Press.