Sylvester E. “Si” West: 1921-2012

Sylvester E. West better known as “Si” was called home on Dec. 5, 2012, at the age of 91. He was residing at the Niobrara Life and Health Center in Lusk, WY, at the time of his death.

He was born, April 7, 1921 in Fort Collins, CO, to Floyd S. and Alice (Reese) West. When he was three years old the family moved to Laramie, WY, where he was raised and graduated from Laramie High School in 1938. He attended the University of Wyoming and graduated with a degree in Animal Production. He was a member of the University’s Livestock judging teams his junior and senior years. He was a member of the Sigma Alpha Fraternity.

Following graduation in 1942, he enlisted in the United State Marie Corp and reported to Officers Candidate School in Quantico, VA. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant. He was stationed in Hawaii and was honorably discharged in March of 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant.

On Jan. 16, 1943, he married, Rosamond M. Logsdon of Laramie, WY, in Quantico, VA. After his discharge from the United States Marine Corps, Si and Rosamond moved to Lander, WY, and 6 months later to Lusk, WY, where he worked for the University of Wyoming extension office as Niobrara’s County Extension agent for 32 years. As an extension agent he took great pride in his 4-H club programs especially his livestock judging teams. Even after retirement he supported the 4-H program. His work of raising Hereford cattle under the name of S.E West & Sons, before and after his retirement, filled his life until his death.

Si was a dedicated family man. He and his wife of 57 years were blessed with four children, five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. Survivors include two sons and their wives, Gary of Casper and Brett of Lusk; and daughter, Tamra Jensen and her husband of Lusk.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers; one sister; one son, Thomas Floyd; and one infant granddaughter.

Services were held on Dec. 10, at the Niobrara County Fairgrounds. Mark Lohr officiated the services and Pier Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials to be made to the Si and Rosamond West 4-H Scholarship Fund or charity of the donor’s choice.