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Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, August 01, 2013

OBITUARY ~ BRADLEY MARION "BRAD" WEST
September 20, 1979 ~ August 22, 2013

Bradley Marion WEST was born in Leon, Iowa on September, 20, 1979 to Sandi Jo (SMITH) WEST and Marion Everett WEST.

Brad has always enjoyed farming and as a child played tractors and loved anything John Deere. He loved the snow and playing outside. At the age of 5, Brad's mother Sandi married Richard MANDELL and he, along with his brother Mathew, gained two new siblings, Catherine and Mark MANDELL. They moved from the century family farm in Lamoni, to Pilot Grove, Missouri and then later to Plattsburg, Missouri, where Brad graduated from high school. During their school years Brad and Mathew spent their summers on the family farm with their Grandparents Ron and Lois SMITH, where they made many great childhood memories.

After high school graduation, Brad moved back to the family farm and began to fulfill his lifelong dream of farming and starting his own business. Brad had so many wonderful mentors in his business endeavors and was so thankful for all they taught him. Within the past few years Brad expanded a row crop and cow calf operation into his dozing operation.

Brad has many great friends, and made lasting and lifelong relationships. A statement we have heard many times is that Brad never had an enemy. He loved and was loved by many. Brad loved shopping for new toys and recently added a Harley Davidson motorcycle into his collection. Just a few weeks ago Brad took a road trip on the bike, with friends, to Sturgis 2013. Brad was in the process of building a new home in Kellerton. Of all of Brad's loves, he cherished the time he had with his two nieces Olivia and Sophia.

Brad passed away on August 22nd, 2013 at the family farm at the age of 33. He was preceded in death by his father Marion WEST; grandparents Gerold & Eula WEST, Ronald SMITH, and Sally MANDELL; uncles Samuel & Wendell WEST.

Those left to cherish Brad's memory include his parents Sandi & Richard MANDELL of Plattsburg, MO; his siblings Mathew WEST & wife P.J. of Kellerton, IA, Catherine MEISENHEIMER of Boonville, MO, and Mark MANDELL & wife Pam of St. Louis, MO; nieces Olivia Claire & Sophia Isabella WEST; grandparents Lois SMITH of Lamoni, IA and William MANDELL of Pennsylvania; uncles Rod SMITH & wife Connie of Kellerton and Wayne WEST & wife Ida of Osceola, IA; Aunt Colleen WEST of Osceola, IA; and many good and dear friends.

A celebration of life for Bradly Marion WEST was held at Watson-Armstrong Funeral home in Mount Ayr, Iowa on Sunday, August 25, 2013. Eulogy, memories, scripture and message were given by Bill ARMSTRONG and Pastor Barton SHIELDS. Musical selections included "And On The Eighth Day" and "Hallelujah." A memorial fund was established in his name to be decided later.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, September of 2013

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