Victor L. West

Born: Thursday, December 6, 1928
Passed: Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Victor L. West, 89, of Rockford, passed away on September 19, 2018. He was born on December 6, 1948 in Flint, Michigan, the son of Victor and Opal (Daniels) West. The family moved to Kirksville, MO in 1930 where his father passed away. Victor's wonderful mother, Opal, raised him, working at Floreshime Shoe Factory. He graduated from Kirksville High School in 1948. Victor then came to Rockford and worked for National Lock Co. for a year. He joined the Army for three years and was stationed in Camp Stoneman California. Victor came out of the Army in 1951. He was Corporal, a cook, and this was right down his alley. He returned to National Lock for four months and then got a job at Sundstrand in assembly. Victor knew Hugh and Theresa Spires from National Lock Co. since 1948. They were best friends all those years. Mr. & Mrs. Spires had three children, Rickey, Randy, and Roxanne. Mr. Spires passed away on May 10, 1974. Victor married Theresa Spires West August 1974. Pat was Victor's love and Mrs. Theresa Spires West went to heaven on October 26, 2002. Victor lost all will to live. He would have traded places with his wife Pat. She had a million friends and she should have lived forever. Victor worked for Sundstrand for 33 years. He retired on December 31, 1982 at 53 years old. Victor and Pat went to casino's, gambling, Pat loved to play the slots and Victor loved to eat. That was Victor's hobby. Victor is now in heaven with his wife Pat. Victor always wanted to go wherever Pat was.

Survived by three wonderful children, Rickey and Randy Spires and Roxanne Nafziger; cousins, Lucille Montello, Sherry Smith, Larry Fletcher, and Judy Lunstrom; grandchildren, Russell, Randon, Jason, and Candi Spires, Jessica and Roger; great-grandkids, Grant, Tyler, Amelia Lavon, William, Nolan, and Journey; and dog, Little Girl. Predeceased by their four chihuahuas, Runchie, Dusty, Nickie, and Ge-Ge. They were all buried at Arlington Pet Cemetery.

Private Family Services will be held per Victor's Wishes. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Noah's Ark, 111 N. 1st St., Rockford, IL 61107.

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  1. Linda Ballard

    Victor was a great friend - a long time member of the Harrison McDonalds coffee club. Many years ago, he was also a daily caller to WROK Doug McDuff radio show.I would hear him comment at home and then again at McDonald's.(hot topics would be the Metro Center & taxes) I will miss him telling stories about Sundstrands. He worked with my dad "James Files". He would laugh about all the Fun & Mischief he had at work. He loved cars and he loved his animals. Victor could NEVER be a doctor. He had best handwriting. BEAUTIFUL! He was the most caring and generous person. At McDonald's- every week bringing a big box of donuts to share with his buddies...(.there were many) with his family- anything that they needed -he would provide..visiting friends- he'd give you the shirt off your back if you needed it.(he was that kind of friend) When I hurt myself or was sick he would stop by with a strawberry rhubarb pie or grilled chicken- telling me how much they missed me at McDonald's. Every couple of weeks, family or friends would say- "do you know you have a chicken by the door of your house?"Victor must have come by! (he would say "I don't want anything in return- I just want to give you something) One week he bought about 10 chickens & delivered them to friends all over town. Victor had a passion for eating. He loved Veterans Day. It was quite a sport seeing how many restaurants he could eat at in one day.(even Golden Corral) He went to many of funerals - once he told me he seen someone in the obituaries who looked familiar to him.After the service they took everyone to a fancy rest. "Boy what a spread of food!" It wasn't till then that he discovered he really didn't know that person very well, but boy did he have a great time! Victor knew everyone and everyone knew him. He had so many being one of them. I moved 1 year ago and now we called each other neighbors. "Thank you Victor" for all the memories....We will surely miss you! Linda Ballard (on behalf of the management and crew of Harrison McDonald's.....Victor will be missed by everyone! He was part of our McFamily, which we loved)

  2. E.J. Pagel

    I and my wife remember hearing Victor talking with McDuff on WNTA radio, then I saw his letter to the editor of the paper. Got his phone number and had a couple good conversations before it was disconnected! Best Wishes to your Family. Sincerely, E. J. Pagel, Winnebago.

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