Charles K. “Smokey” West, 83 of Kearney, died Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, at his home. Funeral services were Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremat-ion Services in Kearney with the Rev. Dean Pofahl officiating. Burial was at the Pleasanton Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to AseraCare Hospice or to the family to be designated at a later date. A message of condolence, tribute or memory can be left at www.hlmkfuneral.com . Horner Lieske McBride & Kuhl Funeral and Cremat-ion Services in Kearney are in charge of arrangements.
He was born March 17, 1930, to Charles and Lillian (Engleman) West at their home in rural Mason City, in Custer County. He attended Algernon Country School West of Mason City.
December 9, 1950, he married the love of his life, Mona Lindner in Ansley. The couple farmed in the Mason City area then moved to Kearney in 1981. He was a custodian at Glenwood School and retired in 1995. After retirement he worked part time at the Glenwood Corners Convenience Store.
He was a member of the Kearney Eagles Lodge 2722. Smokey’s favorite hobby was meeting and talking with people, telling jokes and caring for his cats. He especially loved his grandchildren and enjoyed collecting guns and rebuilding old cars
Surviving relatives include his sons, Chuck West of Thornton, Colo., and Rick and wife Gaylene West of Loveland, Colo.; grandchildren, Jody Hurlburt, Stacy and husband James Dugan, Nikki and husband Moses Campos, Ashley and Andrew West, and 17 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife in 2012; daughters, Linda Lea in 1958, Kathy and her husband Dennis Hurlburt in 2009; one great-grandson; brother, Darrell, and sisters, Doris Runyan and Charlene Arndt.
Published in Custer County Chief, Oct.17, 2013