Gary West

May 9, 1946 - May 5, 2021
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Gary R. West age 74, of Lima passed away 7:38 p.m., Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at St. Rita’s Medical Center. He was born May 9, 1946 in Minneapolis, MN to the late Marion and Ruth (Kratzke) West. He married Yolanda ‘Lonnie’ Taviano who survives in Lima.
Gary served in the U. S. Navy. He retired from Rays Supermarkets and had worked for Ford Motor Company. He was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and the Lima Eagles. He enjoyed fishing, golfing, hunting, bowling, metal detecting and NASCAR, following Earnhardt, Sr. for years.
Additional survivors include daughters: Melissa (Andrew) Blubaugh of Wadsworth, Melinda (Pete) Spoerke of Wadsworth and Melanie (David) Ritchey of Navarre, FL; 7 grandchildren: Ben, Nathan, Emma, Evelyn, Jonah, Jack and Gabe; a brother-in-law DeWayne Newman of Lima and many in-laws and nieces and nephews, several cousins in Minnesota and close friends.
He was preceded in death by a daughter Andrea Miller and sisters: Marlene Newman, Eileen Kozlowski and Sharon Shroyer.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Cridersville from noon to 2:00 p.m. The funeral will follow at 2 with nephew Tug Taviano officiating and burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Military rites will be provided by V. F. W. Post 1275, Lima. Memorial contributions may be given to St. Rita’s Hospice, St. Luke’s Lutheran Church or the Veterans Food Pantry in Lima.

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Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Service Information

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm

Bayliff & Son Funeral Home, Inc.


311 West Main Street, Cridersville, OH, 45806

Cemetery Information

Date: Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Time: 3:30 pm

Memorial Park Cemetery


Lima, Ohio 45806

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Born: May 9, 1946
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Richard D lallak posted on 5/11/21

So very sorry for your loss, Lonnie and family. It is our loss as well. Gary was a wonderful man from a great family. He will be missed by many but will be remembered by all who knew him and called him Husband, Father, Family and friend. Wish we could be there in person but we will be there in spirit. R.I.P Gary and God speed your journey. Dick & Lee Anne Lallak


Julie Bowsher posted on 5/10/21

Sis (as I've known you) - so sorry to hear of your husband passing. May you find peace knowing he is with Andrea looking over you with smiles. We don't see you much but still think of you as family. Love, Bob and Julie Bowsher


Jason H posted on 5/9/21

Melissa, Melinda, and Melanie - my condolences to each of you. It was a honor to get to know your dad some thirty years ago as you were all finding your way as young adults. It was clear that he loved his daughters and Lonnie more than anything. It was evident to all that he was so proud of each of you and I am sure he was up until his last breath. Some say there is no greater love than between a father and a daughter, how lucky he was to have the three of you and Andrea. My prayers for each of you as you mourn, heal, and grow. How blessed you all were to share such love... Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4


Cheryl Martin posted on 5/8/21

Dear West and Taviano families, you are in my thoughts and prayers. Gary and I went to school together, graduating in 1964 from Lima Senior High. My maiden name is Welch, so Gary and I often sat next to each other in class. Praying for strength and comfort at this sad time. Sincerely, Cheryl (Welch) Martin


Lorene Wehrly posted on 5/8/21

Lonnie, Melissa, Melanie, and Melinda, You all have my deepest sympathy. Gary was a good guy. Thinking of you all. Lorene Wehrly


Lisa posted on 5/7/21

Love to my dear friend Lonnie! Mary Gary Rest In Peace! And to his daughters my deepest condolences ❤️ Love , Lisa Remlinger & family


Linda Glorioso posted on 5/7/21

Lonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.


Lois Rabley posted on 5/7/21

Lonnie, So sorry for the loss of your husband. Please know you and your family are in my thoughts and Prayers!! Blessings and Mercy to all.


ann nalley posted on 5/7/21

I am very sorry for your loss Lonnie, you and the family are in my prayers. Heaven gained a special angel.


Samantha Steiner posted on 5/6/21

Jon and I were so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lonnie, as well as the rest of your family. Hugs to all of you. Jon and Sam Steiner