Gerald 'Gary' Lester West

Gerald ‘Gary’ Lester West

Nov. 18, 1956-Jan. 11, 2022


Gerald “Gary” Lester West, 65, of Crawfordsville passed away at home Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

He was born Nov. 18, 1956, at Crawfordsville, to James Thomas West and Sally Jean (Fine) Willis. 

Gary attended Crawfordsville High School and throughout the years worked at RR Donnelleys, Mid-States, Nor-Cote and more recently was the warehouse shipping supervisor at in Avon. He enjoyed playing golf, pool, throwing darts, canoeing, listening to Bob & Tom, was a Colts and Pacers fan and enjoyed watching Indy Racing.

On Dec. 2, 1972, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Demoret, who survives.

He is also survived by father James (Linda) West; step-father Terry Willis; mother-in-law Hazel Staggs; two children, Jennifer (Patrick) Busenbark and Clinton (Alana) West; brother Charles (Kathy) West; two sisters, Lori (Neal) Miles and Elizabeth (James) Halfhill; seven grandchildren, Destiny (Jacob), Kierra, Nickolas, Brennden, Emmett, Reese and Raelyn; two great-grandchildren, Paislee and Oliver; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Sally Jean Willis; sister Kim Renee West; brother-in-law Mike Demoret; father-in-law Floyd Demoret; paternal grandparents, Gerald and Dorothy West; and his maternal grandparents, Lester and Frances Fine.

Visitation will be at Sanders Priebe Funeral Care, 315 S. Washington St., Crawfordsville on Friday, Jan. 14 from noon until the time of the funeral service at 3:30 p.m., with Pastor Todd Randles officiating. Entombment will follow at Oak Hill Mausoleum. The service will be live-streamed and recorded which can be viewed on his obituary page at

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