According to his obituary, West was born in 1934 in Deep Valley, Pa. He graduated from Mannington High School (W.Va.) in 1951. He served in the Navy and later graduated from Fairmont State College. He then received a master's degree in education from Xavier in 1974.
West began his teaching and coaching career in Pruntytown, W.Va., in 1959 and then moved to Ohio to teach Amanda-Clearcreek, Thornville Sheridan and finally Southeastern. After retiring from Southeastern, according to his obituary, he coached at Wilmington and Wittenberg and helped start the football program at Urbana University with Ray DeCola, who was the program’s first head coach when it was reborn in 1985.
West is survived by his wife of 61 years, Jean, three children — Brenda (John) DeWine, Glenda (John) Radel and Dave (Rhonda) West — eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday at Richards, Raff, and Dunbar Memorial Home in Springfield. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Masters Funeral Home in Mannington, W.Va. with visiting hours from 11 am. to 1 p.m. A burial will follow at Mannington Memorial Cemetery.