Dean West

Dean West age 67, of Palmyra died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at his residence. He was born January 16, 1950 in Carlinville, the son of Dale and Esther Qualls West. He married Joyce A. Gray April 18, 1986 and she survives.

Also surviving is a daughter, Wendy (Francis III) Drnjevic of Girard, two sons, Donald (Tiffany) West of Petersburg, Daniel (Tonya) West of Hettick, a stepson, Scott (Terry) Houchin of Paris, MO, seven grandchildren, Robert, Ryan, Dalton, Colton, Ashton, Avery and Owen, two step grandchildren, Cory and Emma, one sister, Judy Eades of Hettick , and one brother, Jerry West of Hettick. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Dean Graduated from Northwestern High School in 1968 lettering in football all four years. He drove a semi and was a bulldozer operator in the area for more than 30 years. He enjoyed motorcycles, NASCAR racing, raising German Sheppard’s, black powder guns, nature, wood working, and the outdoors. He loved visiting the coffee shop daily and reminiscing with his friends, but most of all he loved spending time with his family.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at Stults-Neece Funeral Home in Palmyra with burial to follow in Bethel Cemetery near Hettick. Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Condolences may be left online at