Walter Franklin West

June 23, 1937 - September 27, 2020
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Walter Franklin West, age 83, died September 27, 2020 at the Pioneer Medical Center in Big Timber, Montana after 13 months of hospitalization. He was born June 23, 1937 in Livingston, Montana to his father Walter Glidden West and his mother Ethel Siderius (maiden name).

After Graduation from Livingston High School in 1955, Wally enlisted in the US Army, serving his country for two years while stationed in Greenland. Following his discharge, Wally earned a degree in teaching from Montana State College. He was employed as a teacher in Idaho in mathematics for 10 years.

Wally married his first wife Helen Hogg in 1969. Wally and Helen had one daughter, Charlotte. After his teaching career, Wally studied Diesel Mechanics and began work for the Union Pacific Railroad, as a brakeman. He advanced to the engineer position and operated trains all over the North-West until his retirement, ultimately moving to Big Timber.

Wally married Lyla Pattie on March 20, 2011 at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Big Timber. They enjoyed many keeping each other company and many outings, including trips to Livingston and lunch at the Dairy Queen. They drove up to the airport to watch the jets come and go, and the antelope grazing. They were both active in their EUB Church in Big Timber. Wally was generous, caring, and kind, often helping strangers who were struggling. Wally was a regular at Cole Drug’s lunch counter.

Wally was sorely missed by all when he entered PMC with health issues following a fall at his home. The pain of his hospitalization was felt more keenly due to the constraints of the protocols protecting everyone from the Corona virus pandemic. He was and will be missed by all.

Wally was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Ethel. He is survived by his wife Lyla, and his brother Bill of Big Timber, and his daughter Charlotte of Santa Cruz, California.

Cremation has taken place. A memorial will be held October 10, 2020 at 11 a.m. at the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Big Timber, Montana.