6 N Main • Caldwell, KS • 620-845-6424
John C. West
August 5, 1931 ~ March 4, 2018
John C. West “JC” passed away Sunday, March 4, 2018 at his home in Caldwell, Kansas at the age of 86.
John was born August 5, 1931 to Theodore Charles “Ted” and Ruth Faye (Towers) West of Medford, Oklahoma.
His childhood was spent in Medford, Oklahoma fishing at Salt Fork River, hunting and trapping. He attended school in Medford, Oklahoma and was then drafted to the Armed Forces on his 18th birthday.
Later in life he met the love of his life, Vella Jean Webb. They married November 17, 1963 in Miami, Oklahoma. They made their home in Medford and later moved to Cheney, Kansas and from there to Kingman, Kansas.
Many people would know him as being a jack of all trades. This included construction of the grain elevators in Caldwell, Kansas and Medford, Oklahoma, custom harvesting from Texas to Canada, Interior Decorating, being a mechanic at Ford Garage in Cheney, Kansas, wood working, mowing and landscaping. He also enjoyed being outside in his vegetable garden.
After retiring in 1993 John and Vella Jean moved to Caldwell to live closer to their daughter and her family. This is when his passion for woodworking was heightened and he began sharing his projects with many residents in Caldwell, Kansas.
John is preceded in death by wife, Vella Jean West; father, Theodore Charles “Ted” West; mother, Ruth Faye West and siblings, Reba Carpenter, Dale West, and Vonda Lee Estesee.
Surviving relatives are daughter, Annette Conrady and husband Mike of Caldwell, Kansas; grandchildren, Tamara and Kevin Smith of Corinth, Texas, Tiffany Shaffer and Shawn Schmidt of Wichita, Kansas, Jared Shaffer and Jessica Clark of Caldwell, Kansas; great grandchildren, Hagan Butler and Dominik Schmidt of Wichita, Kansas, Audrey and Blake Smith of Corinth, Texas, Calvin and Aryia Shaffer of Caldwell, Kansas.
Funeral services will be held at Schaeffer Mortuary, Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Interment will be in the Caldwell City Cemetery.
Memorial funds collected will go towards funeral costs.
The family would like to thank Home Health and Hospice of Kansas for the wonderful care and support they have provided.