Richard Allen West, age 84, passed away in Billings on March 25, 2023. Richard was born on June 14, 1938 to Alonzo “Buck” West and LaVerne Sorenson West.
Richard was born and raised in Forsyth. He attended and graduated Forsyth High School in 1957. He enjoyed riding his bike and climbing the “F”, and his love of cars.
After high school, Richard joined the Army in 1958, a year later he married his high school sweetheart, Myrna June West in 1959. In the Army, he was a Combat Engineer/Mechanic and served in Korea from 1960-1961. He was later honorably discharged.
He moved to Billings with Myrna and his young son, Tim where he worked for Marigold, Sweetheart Bread, Wilcox Ice Cream, and Frontier Chevrolet. Richard and Myrna had two more boys, Kurt and Mitch before moving back to Forsyth in 1968.
After returning back to Forsyth, Richard worked construction and later hired on the Burlington Northern Railroad. Richard and Myrna raised their boys in Forsyth. He loved being involved with their many activities. He and Myrna are extraordinarily proud of their sons’ accomplishments throughout their lives. Richard is a recovering alcoholic and maintained his sobriety until death for over 45 years, a devoted Christian and involved with helping others through various agencies and AA.
He retired from the BNSF after over 30 years of service. He and Myrna moved back to Billings to be with sons and families. Richard continued to enjoy his family while battling various illnesses.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents, Alonzo “Buck” West and LaVerne West, Brumfield; and Stepfather, Clyde Brumfield.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Myrna (Dobler) West; sons, Tim (Kim) West, Kurtis West (Tracie), Mitch (Jill) West; brother, Ron Brumfield; grandchildren: Amanda, Austin, Jennifer, Stephanie (Andy), Carter, Evan, and Kyler; great grandchildren, Maddox, Ronin, Isla, and Lexie.
A special Thank you to Stillwater Hospice, Bella Terra, VA Medical, Synergy Home care, Canyon Creek Memory Care Center, and local hospitals for playing an instrumental role caring until the end.
A visitation will be on Friday, March 31 from 12-6 PM at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, April 1, 2023 at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home. Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home have been entrusted with arrangements. To leave condolences for the family, visit our website at www.stevensonandsons.com.