Thomas Floyd "Tommy" West

Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project
Photo courtesy of Joshua Brackett's Eagle Scout Project

(February 18, 1951 - September 28, 1956)

Lusk Free Lance
October 4, 1956

Tommy West, Five-Year-Old Son of County Agent and Mrs. S. E. West Passes Away; Last Rites Are Monday

Death claimed Tommy West, youngest son of County Agent and Mrs. S. E. West, at 12:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, September 28th, following a valiant fight for life. The youngster had suffered a gunshot wound when a 22-caliber rifle was accidentally discharged about 6 o'clock Thursday evening, September 27th.

Last rites were held for Tommy at two o'clock Monday afternoon, with Rev. Jacob Nein, pastor of the First Congregational Church of Lusk, officiating. The chapel of the Peet Funeral Home was filled with friends of this vicinity and distant points. Myriads of floral tributes bore mute testimony of the esteem held for the small lad and his family.

During the rites two selections, "Jesus Loves Me" and "Jesus Wants Me For a Sunbeam" were sung by the Misses JoAnn Templeton, Susan Bardo, Louise McKnight, Gwen Schaefer, and Laraine Gautschi with Mrs. Gerald Bardo presiding at the organ.

Burial was made in the Lusk Cemetery with Tommy's five uncles, Carroll Logsdon, Chester Logsdon, of Laramie, Wyo.; Glen West, Bryce West of Billings, Mont. and Emmett Schieck of Casper, Wyo., serving as pallbearers.

Thomas Floyd West, son of Sylvester (better known as Si) and Rosamond West, was born February 18, 1951 at Lusk, Wyo. and passed quietly away Friday afternoon, September 28th, 1956 at the Spencer Hospital, at the age of five years, seven months and ten days.

Though his span of life was brief, it was filled with happy eventful days that will always be remembered by those who knew and loved him.

Besides his parents, he leaves to mourn his passing, two brothers, Garry David and Brett Richard, his paternal grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd F. West of Billings, Mont. and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Marie Logsdon of Laramie, Wyo., and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Relatives attending the services included Mr. and Mrs. Floyd West, Mr. and Mrs. Glen West, and "Butch", Mr. and Mrs. Bryce West, Eddie, Dannie, and Vonnie Lee of Billings, Mont.; Mrs. Vonnie West of Kalispel, Mont.; Mrs. Marie Logsdon, Mrs. Josephine Abeln, Mr. and Mrs. Carroll Logsdon, Marie and Jim, and Mr. and Mrs. Chester Logsdon of Laramie, Wyo.; Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Schieck, Bill, Tim, Penny and Lonnie Lee of Casper, Wyo.; Mrs. Al Briggs and family, Lawrence Abeln and Vic Abeln of Rapid City, So. Dak.

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