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Obituary for Luke West Sr.

Mr. Luke Eugene West, age 71, passed away on July 01, 2023, at his home in Bellevue, MI.

Luke was born in Battle Creek, MI on April 06, 1952, the son of the late Roy and Marietta West.

He was raised in the Bellevue area, and attended local schools, completing his education at Springfield High School. Luke was united in marriage to Nancy Meinke and together they had three sons, Jim, Luke Jr. and John.

Luke began his working career at Fire Apparatus in Battle Creek, Mi where he painted trucks. In 1976 he joined the Grand Trunk Western Railroad where he worked as a carmen. During his tenure at the railroad, Luke was responsible for repairing and maintaining box cars and was a part of the local derailment team. Luke retired after 37 years of faithful service.

On February 23, 1980, Luke married Patti (Sayles) and together they had three sons, Joseph, Dale and Jacob. Luke and Patti made their home and raised their family together in the Bellevue area.

During his spare time, Luke enjoyed spending time with his boys working on vintage automobiles and drag racing at the local tracks including Martin and Stanton Speedways. Luke was a family man in every sense of the term, and took great pride in caring for and spending time with his boys. He was an avid softball player and used his knowledge of the sport to help coach the boys’ teams as they grew. During the summer months, Luke enjoyed spending an afternoon fishing the local lakes and working in the garden with his wife Patti.

Luke is survived by his beloved wife Patti, his children Jim (Heather) West, Luke (Rachel) West Jr., John (Andie) Ferree, Joseph (Ashley) West, Dale (Sarah Randall) West and Jacob (Casey) West, his siblings Roy West, Sammy (Scott) Dorsey and Deana (Ron) Garrett, 8 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, July 07, 2023, at 1:00pm at Daniels Funeral Home-Nashville, conveniently located at 9200 E M-79 Hwy., Nashville, MI.

The family will receive visitors on Friday, July 07, 2023 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Daniels Funeral Home-Nashville.

Interment will take place immediately following the funeral service at Needmore Cemetery in Chester Township.

Guests are invited to return to the funeral home following the graveside service for a time of fellowship and luncheon.

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