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West, Harold Ray

West, Harold Ray

November 1, 1957 — June 28, 2021

Harold Ray West (“Harry” or “Radioman”) passed away June 28, 2021.

Harold was born November 1, 1957, to Roy Ray West and Lois Faye Padgett. He lived his entire life in the Westport and Plaza area. He attended Westport High School. He was one of the world’s biggest sports fan; he especially loved the KC Royals and the KC Chiefs. He was in his element at the KC Royal’s stadium. He watched every game on TV if he did not attend them in person at the stadium with his friends. At home, Harold would have a game playing on one TV and a different game/team being played on a TV in his bedroom. He would run back and forth to watch both games. If you called him on the phone during a game, he gave you a play by play of what was taking place on the TV, it was as if you were sitting next to him watching the game. Harold carried a transistor radio with him at all times to make sure he didn’t miss a game if he wasn’t home. He remembered game stats, player and umpire names, stadium stats of current and past games from years ago and would recite the stats, sharing with others. He always sported KC Royals or KC Chiefs attire. Harold also enjoyed WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). During his younger years, his family attended many WWE events at Memorial Hall and would watch it on TV.

Harold loved the simple things in life, a Root Beer Float from Andy’s around the corner, a fish sandwich and orange soda from McDonalds, and mashed potatoes with fish. He was a kind person and loved cats. He had many cats over his lifetime. His latest cat - Sugar, he found it and snuck the cat into the house and did not tell anyone until the cat made its debut after several days of hiding out. When he started talking about wanting to get a dog, that’s when the serious talks started, Sugar was plenty. He enjoyed his daily walks around the neighborhood and a lot of times he walked at least 3 miles a day. He walked from Westport to Riverside Mo just to see what was in Riverside and then walked back home. He enjoyed his daily visits at the Westport Shopping Center and at Marsh’s Sun Fresh grocery store, talking and joking with his friends.

Harold is preceded in death by his parents, his sister Karen Wood and her husband Jim Wood. Harold leaves behind his cat - Sugar, a lot of friends at Marsh’s Sun Fresh grocery store and the Westport Shopping Center, the produce guy, a special friend – Tanna, special ball game buddies, Step Brother; James (Mary Ann) Wood, Aunt; Rose West, Cousins; Lisa West (Dan) Casteel, Dan (Mary) West, Wendy West Dunn, David West, Richard (Terry) Aldrige, Roger (Debbie) Aldrige, Frank Jr. West, Karen West, Margaret West Kirk, and Vicki West (William) Brock. Lots of other friends and relatives. Thank you to all who showed Harold kindness and friendship, you made a huge difference in his life. RIP Harold!

Graveside services will be 1PM, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Green Lawn Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.  The family kindly asks all in attendance to wear masks.

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Graveside services will be 1PM, Saturday, August 28, 2021 at Green Lawn Cemetery, 8251 Hillcrest Rd., Kansas City, Missouri.  The family kindly asks all in attendance to wear masks.

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Harold enjoyed impersonating sports broadcasters, crowing like a rooster in the grocery store and his laugh was contagious. My conversations with Harold always involved sports, his friends, how much change he found on the street that day, and at times sassiness from Harold, especially if I was reminding him to do his laundry. :) Harold - Thanks for the memories, enjoy all the LIttle Debbies and peach tea, don't worry about the laundry!

Lisa Casteel

Never spent much time with my cousin Harold Ray, in part because we lived so far apart, and he was so much involved with sports and could talk your head off citing sports statistics. Met him twice in past two years at my uncle Willie West's funeral, and at Karen Wood's funeral, he surprised me by his healthy appearance and ability to stay happy even at sad times. He was an amazing and kind soul, who I will never forget.

David J West

Harold was a good friend and will be missed. I'm so sorry that we weren't able to go to a Royals game this year. I remember taking him one year and it started to rain. I asked Harold if we should leave and, of course, he said no, that it was just a few sprinkles. A few innings later, as we sat there soaked in our seats, we watched the Royals win. He always said he brought them good luck. The world needs more people like Harold.

Tanna Guthrie

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