|Oley L. West, age 67, of Knoxville, Illinois, died on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 10:45 A.M. north of Maquon, Illinois while deer hunting. He was born on October 21, 1943 in Galesburg, Illinois, the son of Ronald and Ruth V. Swanson West. He married Sandra Clevenger in 1964. He later married Mary Lou Wilson Rickard on December 17, 1982 in Burlington, Iowa. She survives of Knoxville, Illinois.
Also surviving are four daughters, Kimberly (BJ) Stone of Island Lake, Illinois, Tonja (Chris) Gonzalez of Peoria, Illinois, Ellen Hankins of New Port Richey, Florida and Luan (Wayne) Statham of Galesburg, Illinois; three sons, Kevin Rickard of Knoxville, Illinois, Tim Rickard of Gilson, Illinois and Keith Rickard of Knoxville, Illinois; thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren; one sister, Marilyn (Floyd) Bruniga-Downing of Knoxville, Illinois; three brothers, Ronald (Norma) West of Ellisville, Illinois, Joseph West of London Mills, Illinois and John (Johanna) West of Williamsfield, Illinois and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother: Teddy; two sisters: Doris and Lois May; two nephews: Ronald Gilbreath and Stephen West and two great nephews: Tony Mendez and Kurtis Doubet.
He graduated from Knoxville High School in 1961. He farmed near Yates City and Maquon, Illinois until 1972. He worked at Midwest Hydraulics, Alcoa and the former Maytag Corporation. He was owner-operator of O & W Services in Galesburg, Illinois from 1980 until 2001. He worked part-time for Folger's Auction Service. He was an active member of the Maquon Masonic Lodge # 530, AF & AM. He was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 19, 2010 at 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd Hendricks Funeral Home and Crematory in Knoxville, Illinois. Rev. David Shreeves officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 from 4:00 until 8:00 P.M. at the Funeral Home in Knoxville, Illinois with Masonic Services at 7:30 P.M. Burial in Gilson Cemetery in Gilson, Illinois. Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Fellowship will be held at the Hurd Hendricks Fellowship Center.
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