George West

George West, 68, of Excelsior Springs, Missouri, passed away June 6, 2021 at North Kansas City Hospital, unexpectedly, from complications of prostate cancer. Mr. West was born on December 11, 1952 in El Dorado Springs, Arkansas.

George received his high school diploma through the army and continued classes at Penn Valley Community College. He was a proud Vietnam Veteran. He was a member of the local American Legion. He was very active in his children’s lives through coaching, Boy Scouts, church, and community work. He retired from Colgate Palmolive where he worked most of his life. He was very involved with his grandchildren and enjoyed history, religion, good food, and helping others.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald West; mother, Ruth (Craig) West; sisters, Gerilynn West and Donna West, and brothers, Phillip West and Charles West.

Survivors include son, Jonathan West; daughters, Jennifer Derrickson and Jessica Long; grandsons, Jonathan Derrickson, Jacob Derrickson, James Long, and Jordyn Long; and granddaughter, Jolene Florez.

Visitation will be held at Bross & Spidle Chapel in Excelsior Springs, Missouri on Friday, June 11, 2021 at 10:00 a.m., with funeral to follow at 11:00 a.m. Graveside services will be at the Newcomer Cemetery in Mendon, Missouri at 2:00 p.m.

If you would like to honor George, donations can be made to Anxiety Disorders and Depression Research & Treatment at

Our Sincere Condolences

Adam and I are very sorry that we will not be able to attend in person and provide our support as we will be out of state. I have many good memories of visiting Uncle Rick and Aunt Paula as a kid and spending time with cousins. He was fun to be around and always joking around. One memory that stands out is Uncle Rick showing my brother and I how he could “pop” his nose, similar to how you would crack your knuckles. We were amazed as young kids. Later he showed us the “magic” behind his trick was just flicking his fingernail against his tooth to make the popping noise. I’m sure many of these same tricks were performed to the delight of kids and grand-kids as well. I know their hearts are currently breaking but his memories will live on in each of them. We are thankful Rick is no longer suffering or in pain.
Adam and Michelle Diel