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Stephen Thomas West

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West, Stephen Thomas, 77, of Springfield, passed away on Friday June 11, 2021. He was born in Springfield on October 5, 1943 the son of Woodrow and June (Brannan) West. He was a 1961 graduate of North High School. He worked for his father’s welding shop when he was a young boy, then later for Bill’s Rod and Custom Shop and finished his career at the U.S. Air Force Museum. He had an affinity for older cars. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Maryellen (Radar); his son and daughter-in-law, Jordan and Libby West and three brothers, Woodrow, Marty and Keith West. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Douglas West. Private services will be held at CONROY FUNERAL HOME with burial to follow at Calvary Cemetery.
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Steve and I spent a lot of time together over the years running around looking for car parts. We had a mutual admiration for old cars, model T's, and his favorite 1932 Ford roadsters. His knowledge of antique cars was like an encyclopedia. I will have great memories of our trips to Hershey and countless phone calls discussing any and everything. The value of a lifetime friendship cannot be measured and I will miss him greatly.

- Charlie Jenkins, Wednesday June 16th, 2021

Bob and Steve had a common interest=Cars. We both enjoyed his humor and free spirit. You could count on Steve to tell it like it is and his honestly was refreshing. Even though we didn't see him often in the last few years, we thought of him and it always left us smiling. He will be missed.

- Diane and Bob McConnell, Monday June 14th, 2021

I mourn the loss of my close friend of nearly 45 years. He was a complex person, highly intelligent, and equally opinionated. We had a common interest in old cars, but also spent hours discussing current events and especially politics. His friends and I traveled to Hershey Pennsylvania every October for the annual AACA collector car meet for over 30 years. I will miss my 4 to 5 phone calls per week and his wry, and not so subtle, sense of humor. His last years were very challenging, but he fought on trying to regain his health. Towards the end, I felt that though he wanted to get better, life as it was didn't offer much hope. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to see and visit with him in the hospital in the week preceding his passing.  He was a great friend and I will miss him greatly. RIP.

- Bill Leahy, Sunday June 13th, 2021

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