In memory of
John F. West
West, John F. age 99, of Lennon passed peacefully after a nine day battle with COVID on January 15, 2021. He was born in the family farm house on Lawndale Farm, September 30, 1921. His wish was always to live on the 138 yr Centennial Family Farm until his death and we are so grateful he was able to do that. His parents were Samuel Earl and Blanche (Lawcock) West. He graduated from Flushing in 1939, and MAC (MSU) in 1941, where he lettered in basketball for two years. On October 30, 1943, he married Dorothy Jean Gould. She preceded him in death August 6, 2013, (2 months short of 70 yrs). He spent his entire life farming (dairy and crops) and dedicated to public service. For a number of years he was a volunteer fireman for Lennon and Swartz Creek fire departments; for over 25 years he served as a Clayton Township elected official; he served as the Chairman of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and later as the first County Purchasing Agent retiring in 1986. He continued to serve his community on various boards and commissions. He was a longtime member of the MSU Downtown Coaches Club, serving as the first President not from the Lansing area; also a member of the MSU Rebounders Club; MSU Varsity Club Member for 80 years; life member MSU Alumni Association; MSU lifelong donor; life member of the Michigan Township Association having served as its 13th President; life member of Flushing and Swartz Creek Historical Societies; 73 year member of the Flint Rapids Chapter 116 Royal Masons of Michigan; Elf Khurafeh Shrine member; member of Eastern Star of Flushing/Montrose; board member Michigan Centennial Farm Association and member of State and National License Plate Collectors groups. Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling having visited all 50 States and the Panama Canal, and their many years of tailgating at most home and away MSU football games with many great friends, and snowmobile trips for over 25 years with more friends. Above all, he cherished each and every one of his family and the many, many family gatherings held at the Farm over the years with the last one being the celebration of his 99th Birthday in September 2020, with most of the extended family present. He is survived by four daughters, Marcia (Michael) Morris, Patricia (Michael) Rutenbar, Judith (Daniel) West-Wing, Jacklyn (Jeffrey) Brazo; daughter-in-law Rebecca West; 11 grandchildren, Jason Morris, Ryan Morris, Kelly Mallory, Joely O'Neal, Andrew Rutenbar, Mackenzie Watson, Riley Brazo, Alexandra Brazo, Douglas Brazo, Baleigh Brazo and Kenleigh West-Wing; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, son Earl West, a brother Merton West, sisters Audrey Harper, Marion Luce, Beatrice Jones, 3 step-brothers, Jack, Bobby and Keith Talsma. The family wishes to thank the many lifelong neighbors, friends and caregivers who all assisted on a regular basis to help us and Dad achieve his wish to live on the farm until his passing. It would not have been possible without each and every one of you. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggest those wishing to make a memorial donation in Dad's memory consider the Flushing Historical Society, Venice Township Fire Department or a charity of your choice.
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In memory of
John F. West
West, John F. age 99, of Lennon passed peacefully after a nine day battle with COVID on January 15, 2021. He was born in the family farm house on Lawndale Farm, September 30, 1921. His wish was always to live on the 138 yr Centennial Family Farm until his death and we are so grateful he was able to do that. His parents were Samuel Earl and Blanche (Lawcock) West. He graduated from Flushing in 1939, and MAC (MSU) in 1941, where he lettered in basketball for two years. On October 30, 1943, he married Dorothy Jean Gould. She preceded him in death August 6, 2013, (2 months short of 70 yrs). He spent his entire life farming (dairy and crops) and dedicated to public service. For a number of years he was a volunteer fireman for Lennon and Swartz Creek fire departments; for over 25 years he served as a Clayton Township elected official; he served as the Chairman of the Genesee County Board of Commissioners and later as the first County Purchasing Agent retiring in 1986. He continued to serve his community on various boards and commissions. He was a longtime member of the MSU Downtown Coaches Club, serving as the first President not from the Lansing area; also a member of the MSU Rebounders Club; MSU Varsity Club Member for 80 years; life member MSU Alumni Association; MSU lifelong donor; life member of the Michigan Township Association having served as its 13th President; life member of Flushing and Swartz Creek Historical Societies; 73 year member of the Flint Rapids Chapter 116 Royal Masons of Michigan; Elf Khurafeh Shrine member; member of Eastern Star of Flushing/Montrose; board member Michigan Centennial Farm Association and member of State and National License Plate Collectors groups. Mom and Dad enjoyed traveling having visited all 50 States and the Panama Canal, and their many years of tailgating at most home and away MSU football games with many great friends, and snowmobile trips for over 25 years with more friends. Above all, he cherished each and every one of his family and the many, many family gatherings held at the Farm over the years with the last one being the celebration of his 99th Birthday in September 2020, with most of the extended family present. He is survived by four daughters, Marcia (Michael) Morris, Patricia (Michael) Rutenbar, Judith (Daniel) West-Wing, Jacklyn (Jeffrey) Brazo; daughter-in-law Rebecca West; 11 grandchildren, Jason Morris, Ryan Morris, Kelly Mallory, Joely O'Neal, Andrew Rutenbar, Mackenzie Watson, Riley Brazo, Alexandra Brazo, Douglas Brazo, Baleigh Brazo and Kenleigh West-Wing; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, son Earl West, a brother Merton West, sisters Audrey Harper, Marion Luce, Beatrice Jones, 3 step-brothers, Jack, Bobby and Keith Talsma. The family wishes to thank the many lifelong neighbors, friends and caregivers who all assisted on a regular basis to help us and Dad achieve his wish to live on the farm until his passing. It would not have been possible without each and every one of you. In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family suggest those wishing to make a memorial donation in Dad's memory consider the Flushing Historical Society, Venice Township Fire Department or a charity of your choice.
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Flushing, MI 48433
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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

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By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

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Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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About Memorial Trees

Honor a loved one by planting trees in their memory. Trees are planted in a forest with the greatest need, at the best suitable time (typically spring or fall), by a team of certified arborists.

Your Sympathy Gift Includes:

  • A digital certificate, customized with your message, that can be printed for your records or given to the family.
  • An entry in your loved one’s guest book, noting your contribution.
  • A listing in a memorial tree registry, showing that trees were planted in honor of your loved one.

Why Plant Trees?

This memorial tree planting will assist in reforestation, improve forest health and area watersheds, and provide a critical habitat for threatened and endangered wildlife.

By planting memorial trees, you not only honor the life and legacy of your loved one — you also help to preserve our beautiful national forests for generations to come.

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