Howard H. West
4/29/1925 - 9/2/2017
Howard H. West, 92, passed away peacefully at home in Gig Harbor, Washington on September 2, 2017. He was born in Wheatridge, Colorado on April 29, 1925. He was deeply loved and will be missed dearly by his family and friends.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Ruth West and his sisters Betty Barnes and Rosemary Brt. Howard is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marilyn; children Lawrence West, Ronald West (Nan), and Cynthia Robinson (David); grandchildren Jessica Nixon (Matt), Maxwell Robinson (Kim), Lucas West (Mercedes) and Jolie Robinson; and great grandson, Bodhi Howard Nixon.
Howard grew up on the family farm in Colorado. He loved animals and was an avid fisherman. He played football and graduated from Loveland High School in Colorado. He enlisted in the US Navy serving as Signalman, 3rd Class during WWII. He attended Washington State College. While in school, Howard met and married the love of his life, Marilyn Borset. He graduated with a degree in electrical engineering.
They moved to Seattle where he was an electrical test engineer at Boeing for 36 years. Howard was most proud to be part of the Boeing team that launched five successful Lunar Orbiter vehicles to map the moon for the Apollo program. He enjoyed family camping trips. When his sons were in scouting, he served as Scoutmaster, sharing with them his love of fishing and hiking. Howard enjoyed cards, and often partnered with Marilyn in bridge. Many of his closest friendships were with cribbage buddies. After retirement, Howard and Marilyn traveled the world visiting China, Tibet, Europe, Bali and South America.
A memorial of life will be held for Howard at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 14th, at Haven of Rest 8503 SR16, Gig Harbor.
Charitable donations may be made to:
The Nature Conservancy
4245 North Fairfax Drive, Suite 100, Arlington VA 22203-1606