Tree to be planted in memory of former county Supervisor Gordon West

A tree will be planted in memory of Gordy West,  former Kenosha County Board Supervisor at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, June 1 at 1  p.m., county Supervisor Mike Underhill has announced.

The tree has been donated by Paul Swartz Nursery, the monument was donated by anonymous, and John Rudie Director of Kenosha County Parks is having the tree planted by his staff.

West, of Paddock Lake, died Jan. 23. He served as a county supervisor for 15 years and in numerous other community service posts.

The following remembrance of his life was written by one of his daughters:

Gordy West always went the extra mile, and always with a smile. Growing up, my Dad was a salesman – be it life insurance, musical instruments, men’s clothing, or soda, but his dream had always been to own his own business, to be his own boss. When my dad retired in his late 50’s, he wanted to keep busy so in addition to babysitting for grandchildren, he started working part-time as a security guard. One of those security guard positions was for a Marathon gas station/convenience store in Wind Lake. Shortly after starting there, my Dad found out the station was for sale. After talking it over with my Mom, they scraped together every extra dollar they had and bought that station. A few years later, my Dad found out about another station for sale in Paddock Lake. They also purchased that station, built a home nearby, and made their move to Kenosha County about 20 years ago. An article written about my Dad a number of years ago stated, “His role in retirement has been to take his strong leadership, vibrant personality and work ethic to help the community in which he lives.” Not too many years after moving to Paddock Lake, my dad ran for and won his position as Kenosha County Supervisor, District 23. He held that position from 1995 through 2010, and he would most likely still be in that position if his deteriorating health hadn’t made it necessary for him to finally retire from politics. He was an avid Brewers and Packers fan and loved to travel. His many vacations included travel throughout the United States and Europe. For many years, he especially enjoying spending the month of January in St. Martens. He deeply loved his wife of over 62 years, 5 children, 12 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. He was devoted to Kenosha County and spent 15 years (1995-2010) as County Supervisor of District 23. Other accomplishments included serving as President, Paddock Lake Business Association; on the Westosha Area Kiwanis Board of Directors, on the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra Board of Directors, and Vice President of the Kenosha Symphony. Committees he was involved with included Land Use, Human Services, Building & Grounds, Finance, Highway & Parks, Legislative, Kemper-Board, Brookside Care Center Trustee, and Kenosha County Healthy People 2010. He took great joy in portraying Santa Claus for the village of Paddock Lake, Salem and Bristol grade school, Central High School, Southern Colony, and Burger King for 17 years. He also played Santa at the Kenosha Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert for many years. If there was a person, or an event, that asked for his support, he was there. He was instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing the KSO west of I 94 for the first time. He was a patient, caring man who rarely complained and always had a smile on his face. Even as his health deteriorated, if he knew my mom was having a rough day he would say, “Honey, look at me” and when she did, he would give her one of his big, beautiful smiles and then say, “Smile.” And she would. He was a shining star who made the world, and the world of everyone who knew him, a lot brighter – a man who will long be remembered with love and respect, a man who could always bring a smile to your face.


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