Kevin Wayne West was born on March 23, 1974. He passed away May 21st, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family.
The traditional definition of “family” is a group of persons sharing common ancestry; however, Kevin knows that true “family” isn’t an exclusive club for those who share relatives, but it defines those with whom you share unconditional love and respect.
Kevin has never considered himself extraordinary, brave, courageous, or heroic, yet these are the characteristics his family associates with him. As a kid Kevin was called Peanut by his bigger friends, which he out grew all of them, but it became a lifelong nickname. Kevin has taught us all what these things mean, and demonstrated how to live courageously, how to be brave, how to be a hero.
When Kevin was faced with the news that his life would be far shorter than anyone wanted, he didn’t stop living, in fact it was just the opposite; he embraced life and continued on as if all of his tomorrows were certain. Kevin went out and he lived life on his terms, he demonstrated to all of us that he was still in the game and that he would never stop; never give in, never, not until his illness took his choice away.
Kevin’s passing leaves many people with heavy hearts and a profound feeling of loss. Losing Kevin has left us with an aching heart, a deep sorrow and an overwhelming sense of sadness. But we know, from Kevin’s example, and from his words, that he not only wants our lives to go on, but he expects us to carry on, do the things he loved. Kevin wants to be remembered for his life, not for his death. He won’t mind being remembered as brave, courageous, and heroic.
Kevin held various jobs throughout his life; he was a very talented artist whose tile work truly expressed his artistic flair. He worked for Westland Landscape, Crystal Trenching, and Quick Auto Recovery. Kevin and his wife Julie also worked together with their 5linx business. Kevin was a true handy man who could do nearly any task set before him.
Kevin married Julie Rusk on November 28th, 2009. Pastor Shawn Apking of Cornerstone Church in Blue Springs, Mo. performed the ceremony. This union provided Kevin the opportunity to become a father to Ryan, his stepson. Kevin loved having Ryan in his life, to love, mentor and care for. There were many bonding times between the two of them. Kevin loved children and he easily became a loving step-parent to Ryan.
Kevin was very social and liked nothing better than events that involved family and friends. Kevin loved being outside, planting gardens, taking float trips, hosting bar-be-ques. He loved playing poker, and he cherished the camaraderie between his friends. There wasn’t anything he enjoyed more than hitting the open road on his motorcycle with his wife and his friends.
Kevin is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Julie West; a stepson, Ryan Peschel; his mother and stepfather Patty and Jeff Colvin; his father and stepmother Buddy and Julie West; three sisters, Sherrie Rader, Stacy Roberts, and Courtney West; two step brothers Scott Turnbow, Klayton and his wife Kirsten Turnbow, and a step sister, Kallie and her husband David Keil; his maternal grandmother Lou Ellen Scroggins; many aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many lifelong friends whom he considered his brothers and sisters.
Kevin was preceded in death by an infant brother, Matthew, whom he never got to know, this is one little guy Kevin will be eager to find as he enters Heaven’s gate.
Kevin was also preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Howard Kenneth Barnes, his paternal grandparents Roy and Irene West, and a beloved cousin Jeffrey Brian Dunham.
Visitation with body present 5-7 pm Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Meyers Funeral Chapel, 1600 W. Main St., Blue Springs, MO 816-229-3276. Memorial service 2 pm Friday at Faith United Methodist Church,1950 SW Eagles Parkway, Grain Valley, MO. Graveside service 3:30pm Friday at Old Salem Cemetery. Memories and condolences for the family may be left at www.meyersfuneralchapel.com.