CATTARAUGUS - Franklin R. West, 89, of Little Valley New Albion Road passed away Friday, February 7, 2014 at the VA Hospital in Buffalo, NY.
He was born January 6, 1925 in Napoli, NY the son of the late Charles and Addie West.
Mr. West was a decorated WWII veteran having served in the US Army as a Sergeant. He has received the American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, Presidential Unit Commendation, Purple Heart with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster, US Army WWII Bronze Star and WWII Victory Medal. He also fought at the Battle of the Bulge.
In 1949 he married Joyce Nobles who predeceased him in 1982. Several years later he married the former Marcia (Westlake) Evans who survives.
Mr. West was employed as a die maker at Signore's in Ellicottville for over 25 years. He was a member of the Little Valley VFW and American Legion, American Disabled Veterans and the Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star. He was an avid cat lover.
Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons, Ronald (Svetlana) West of Hampton, VA, Randall (Diane) West of Cattaraugus, NY and Charles (Cynthia) West of South Dayton, NY; three stepsons, Robert Evans of Williamsburg, VA, William Evans of Boyds, MD and Russell Evans of Little Valley, NY; two step-daughters, Sandra (Tom) Young of Mechanicsville, VA and Jennie (Ric) Overstreet of James Store, VA; six grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by two brothers Roger and Marvin West, and a sister Marjorie Hawkins.
Friends may call at the Mentley Funeral Home Inc., 411 Rock City St., in Little Valley, NY on Tues-day, Feb. 11, 2014 from 1 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014 at 11 a.m. from the funeral home.
Burial with military honors will be in Villenova Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the WWII Monument in Washington, DC or Honor Flight Buffalo.