OBITUARY: Kenneth E. West

Kenneth E. West, 63, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at his Newton residence.

He was born Dec. 24, 1956, in Wichita to Kenneth F. and Ernestine R. (Lickey) West. On June 19, 2000, he celebrated his commitment ceremony with Nancy Johnson, and she survives.

Kenneth was a proud Vietnam veteran serving his country in the U.S. Army. He attended First Church of God in Newton and worked as a donations collector at the Salvation Army. Kenneth was known as a Jack of all trades and a handy man. He has a special relationship with Karly Green, who he proudly call his “daughter” and was grateful for her help and care.

He is survived by Karly Green and Latisha Butler, who were loving caregivers and friends; his son Aaron West; two brothers, Bill and his wife Deb West and Steven West; one sister Roseanne and her husband Kent Barnes; and two grandchildren.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents and one nephew Kenny Cox.

A celebration of Kenneth’s life will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 29, at First Church of God Newton with Pastor Clint McBroom presiding. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel in Newton with the family receiving friends from 6:30 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Private family interment will be at a later date.

Memorials are suggested made out to Petersen Funeral Home to help with expenses.


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