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Eric W. West

Deputy Sheriff Eric W. West, of Schoolcraft passed away on Monday, October 25, 2021, at the age of 50. Eric was born on February 3, 1971, in Kalamazoo, MI. He was the son of Richard and Delores (Merchant) West. Eric graduated from Schoolcraft High School with the Class of 1989. He was a member of the Schoolcraft Eagles State Championship Football Team. Eric served the communities he served with a servant’s heart. He worked for the Village of Vicksburg Police Department for 20 years and was during that time the Chief of Police for the village. In 2017 he joined the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department as a Road Deputy and also was a Field Training Officer (FTO). Eric also retired from the South Kalamazoo County Fire Authority and had his EMT license. In Eric’s spare time, he enjoyed coaching the Schoolcraft Eagles Bowling Team. He bowled his entire life and enjoyed having a 300 game once in his life. He was also a huge fan and season ticketholder of the Kalamazoo Wings. Eric is survived by his wife of 26 years, Shawna; two daughters: Ally West, of Three Rivers; Megan West, of Bellevue; five siblings: William (Bobbie) West, of Coldwater; Judy (Ron) Harmon, of Union City; Mick (Jean) West, of Otsego; Stan West, of Schoolcraft; Mark (Sue) West, of Portage; numerous nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his special dog, Rookie. Eric is preceded in death by his parents: Richard and Delores West; and one brother, Richard West Jr. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 1pm at Radiant Church, 995 Romence Road, Portage, MI. The family will receive guest at the church from 11am until the time of the service. While at www.avinkcremation.com please take time to sign Eric's guestbook and/or share a memory with the family. Those who wish may make contributions to the Kalamazoo County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit. The West family is being cared for by the Avink Funeral Home & Cremation Society, 129 South Grand, Schoolcraft, MI 49087 (269)679-5622.

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Shawna and family, Greg and I were saddened to hear of Eric's passing. We first met Eric while living in Vicksburg. He was always friendly and had a smile. I often teased him about being Shawna's husband. Our prayers and thoughts are for you at this difficult time. Pat and Greg Hagerman.

Pat Hagerman Nov 4 2021 11:24 AM

We are saddened to hear of the loss of Eric. l met Eric when he joined the Vicksburg Police Department and watched him move up to become our Police Chief. l enjoyed many long discussions with him over the years. He always had that special smile and gleam in his eyes. He was a respected Police Officer and Chief and was always very helpful to us with the Old Car Festival. Our condolences to his family and know that he will be missed by many! Skip & Carol Knowles

Skip Knowles Oct 30 2021 12:55 PM

I'm saddened to hear about Eric. We had some good times back when we served on the fire department together.

Greg Toman Oct 30 2021 7:06 AM

In my years of growing up with the West Family, Bill and I always were Classmates and always gave Dori's patience a Huge Stress test. Eric was always my Little Brother in my Heart. I can even remember his diaper days and he was always Loved and Respected by everyone who was lucky to have Eric pass through their life experiences. In my heart and mind, I have lost a fantastic Family Member but will always have fun memories of Eric and his whole family. Even those Citizens of all of Kalamazoo County that may have never had the great honor to have known Eric personally I hope will take a few minutes to reflect on the Greatness of Eric and how lucky and honored we all have been to have Eric watching over us all and still will. Jack Poulsen, Schoolcraft Mi.

JACK POULSEN Oct 29 2021 6:36 PM

It's just hard to believe Eric is gone. He was just a great kid. I feel lucky to have had the honor of knowing him. Watching him on the 1988 football State Champion team was a joy for me. Thank you Eric!

John Pincumbe Oct 29 2021 10:52 AM

Eric was a great Eagle Warrior on our football team. He was a quiet leader who always did his job first and was always coachable. He was a huge part of our team's success. He will be missed by all Coach Manning

Ted Manning Oct 28 2021 1:54 PM

So very Sorry for the Great loss Sending sincere Condolences from The Henry's The Late Maynard and Joyce Henry Brenda Darl,Chris,Deb,and Pam Prayers for Comfort :pray:

Pamela Henry Oct 28 2021 1:27 PM

Sorry for your loss. Eric you were a good man and will be missed

Ann Pierce Oct 28 2021 9:18 AM

Beautiful in Blue was purchased for the family of Eric W. West.

Oct 27 2021 10:01 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Eric West

Stephanie Blentlinger Oct 27 2021 9:49 PM

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