Norman West, 83

David Norman (Bup) West went home to the Lord and joined his wife in eternal rest Feb. 2, 2008, at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio at the age of 83. Norman, as he was known by his friends, was born March 31, 1924, in Brady, to David Lewis and Annie Amelia (Berquist) West. He graduated from Brady High School in 1941 and attended Southwestern University in Georgetown until the beginning of World War II, when he proudly enlisted and began serving his country as a United States Marine at the age of 17. He spent 10 years in active duty during World War II and the Korean War serving in Bougainville, Guam, Okinawa, Guadalcanal and finally in Korea. He considered it an honor to have been able to serve his country as a United State Marine. He contracted malaria during World War II, and after suffering a recurrence during the Korean War, was honorably discharged Oct. 8, 1952, as a three- stripe sergeant and was awarded the Pacific Combat Medal for his service. Following his discharge, he hitchhiked his way back to Brady where he opened a barber shop that he operated for fifty years before retiring at age 79. During that time he provided countless “first” haircuts to young men in the Brady area including his own grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Norman was active in the Boy Scouts of America as a scoutmaster, helping to shape the lives of many young men. He married Vesta Snodgrass Nov. 29, 1949 and together they raised four children. Norma and Vesta were avid football fans and held the same seats at the Brady Bulldog football stadium for 53 years. One of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren compete in various sporting events and he attended as many events as possible’the most recent being in October 2007. “Bup,” a name he acquired due to a mispronunciation by one of his grandchildren, could almost always be seen waiting in the football stands for that week’s big game long before other fans began to arrive. Norman was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Vesta; his parents and a sister, Anna Mae Hardgrave. He is survived by his children, David West and wife, Pam, of Wall, Rocky West, Carol Anderson and husband, Barry, of Brady, Shery Buren and husband, Thomas, of San Angelo; grandchildren, Shanda Halfmann and husband, Nicholas, of Wall, Heather West and fiance, Justin Carrigan, of Wall, Erik and Ethan West of Wall, Jess Anderson of Brady, Jessica and Patrick Buren of San Angelo; two great- grandchildren, Shane and Trey Halfmann of Wall; a sister, Mary Hughes of Brady and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and outlaws. Pallbearers will be Erik West, Jess Anderson, Ethan West, Patrick Buren, Nicholas Halfmann and Justin Carrigan. Honorary pallbearers will be Shane and Trey Halfmann. Visitation will be Thursday, Feb. 7, from 8-10 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home. Services will be Thursday, Feb. 7, at 10 a.m. at Heritage Funeral Home with Rev. Sheldon Johnson officiating. Burial will follow at Rest Haven Cemetery under the direction of Heritage Funeral Home. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or to the Heart of Texas Memorial Hospital in Brady.

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