Ernest C. West Jr.- Passed away at home, surrounded by his loving family March 17th, 2021; he was 75. Born March 6, 1946 in Chicago, IL to Barbara Chilcote and Ernest C. West Sr.; preceded in death by his parents and his grandmother, Goldie Chilcote. He proudly served his country, four years in the Marine Corps and 14 years in Army Special Forces, earning two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He served on CSPD, and taught at Blair College, National College/ NAU, Denver Tech, PPCC, PCC, CTU, and Adams State. He held leadership roles in The American Legion Post. 2, American Legion Riders, Marine Corps League Detachment #1376, and Pueblo Veterans Council. Survived by his loving family including his loving wife of 43 years, Lola; children, Darla Smith (Cary), Ernest Charles West III, Victor West (Sara), Tanya West (Harley), Sarah West Herrera (Shaun); grandchildren, Kimberly, Kristopher, Taylor, Kayla, and Joseph West, Mackenzie Killough, Michael Vialpondo, Emily and John Barney, Alyssa Sykes, and Lux Herrera; and his constant companion Princesszin. Memorial service sometime this summer; please check social media.
Published in The Gazette on Mar. 29, 2021.