Lester Obie West was born May 11, 1933 in Steele, Missouri to the union of John and Jessie West who preceded him in death.
Later, he moved to Hayti, Missouri where he graduated from Hayti Central High School and married Thelma Hill West, who preceded him in death. To this union there were 5 children. He joined the United States Army, where he was stationed in Boston. Once he was discharged from the Army, he moved to Sikeston, Missouri. He worked for Semo Cadillac before relocating to Los Angles, CA. In Los Angles he worked for Dick Allen Cadillac for a few years before opening up his own automobile mechanic shop. He then relocated to Las Vegas, NV where he retired in 1997.
On Monday, August 23, 2021, Lester transitioned to his eternal home while a patient at Ellison John Transitional Center in Lancaster, CA at the great age of 88 years old.
He leaves to cherish his children: Undra (Berneice) West, Lester West, Jr., Uneeda West, Gwendolyn West, Sharon West (Anthony Dees), Glendolyn Alex-West, Yolanda (Gregory) Carter; his brothers, and sisters, Lexie Alexander, Francis (Mac) Brown, Talmadge West, Verline Williams, Imogene (Harold) Mance. Proceeding him in death is his wife Vertie C. West, his son, Vangale West, his daughter Vanessa West, his sister Eunice, his brothers, Warren West, John West, Jr. and James West. He also left to cherish 18 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, family and friends.