Gary Lee West

SALEM – Gary Lee West, 54, of Salem, died Tuesday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown.

He was born on July 4, 1959 in Ravenna, Ohio, the son of Ernest West and the late Nancy (Frame) West.

He was formerly employed with Neptune Equipment as a project manager, installing water meters in NE Ohio and Western Pa. He currently was a part time sales associate at the Salem Home Depot.

Gary was a man who was always busy, but would take time out of his busy day to help anyone in need. He was the “Mr. Fix it ” man on many things. He enjoyed old and Western books and movies, and spending time with his grandchildren. He took Joan on trips to Amish country so she could go shopping. He was a collector of knifes and an avid watcher of MSNBC.

He was a graduate of Southeast High School in Ravenna and moved to the Salem area in the mid 1990s. He had attended both the Winona Methodist Church and the Winona Friends Church.

In addition to his father of Ripley, W.Va., he is survived by his wife, the former Joan Hutton, whom he married on June 14, 1997; his children, Virginia West and Pam (Marvin) West, both of Ravenna; step children, Melissa (Damon) Ensign of Medina, Adam Blake of Homeworth, Steven (Jami) Blake of Salem and Kurt (Billie Jo) Blake of Salem; siblings, Jerry West of Kentucky and Patricia West of Florida; his grandchildren, Jamie, Toby, and Dakota West, Kylee of Ensign, Tyler, Kade, Caleb, Levi, Seth, and Zach Blake.

A Celebration of Life Service will be observed at 1 p.m. Friday at the Winona Methodist Church with Pastor Mary Owen of the church officiating. The burial will follow in Bunker Hill Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. Friday at the church.

The family has requested to have donations made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association ( / ) 3300 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, Az. 85718.

You may go and sign the guestbook at

Arrangements were entrusted to the care of the Arbaugh-Pearce-Greenisen & Sons Funeral and Cremation Services, Salem (330-332-4401),


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