Robert Edward Lee West of Berryville, Arkansas was born August 8, 1940, to Herbert and Osie (Freddie Gensman) West in Berryville. Robert passed away December 26, 2021, in Berryville at the age of 81.
Robert began his long career in banking working summers during his high school and college years at the First National Bank of North Arkansas. He became a full-time employee with the bank, after graduating from the University of Arkansas with a banking and finance degree, in June 1962 as a bookkeeper/teller. Robert held several positions throughout his career and eventually became the president in 1989 until his retirement in 2004. He also served on the bank board from 1985 to 2018. He successfully completed the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin, WI.
Robert was actively involved in the community throughout his lifetime by serving in many clubs and in many officer, roles including the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce), Berryville Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Lions Club (Flags for Sight Corp), American Red Cross (District Manager), Odd Fellow Lodge of Berryville #82, Loaves & Fishes Food Bank (Volunteer and Board Member), and the Bobcat Booster Club. Robert also served in the local Berryville National Guard artillery unit in the 1960ís.
During his free time, Robert was an avid fisherman and hunter. He knew the Kings River and Osage Creek like the back of his hand. He also spent many hours supporting his grandchildren in all their many activities. Robert grew up in the First Christian Church of Berryville and most recently a member of Grandview Baptist Church of Berryville. Over the years, Robert served as a Sunday School teacher, deacon and elder but his greatest role was that of a quiet servant of Christ, always willing to help those in need.
On July 20, 1991, Robert was united in marriage to Elaine (Baldwin) West who survives him of the home. He is also survived by his daughter Barbara Hale and husband Ken of Berryville, AR, son Ryan West and wife Patty of Bozeman, MT; stepchildren Tina Edwards and husband Charles of Omaha, AR, Audria Fox of Berryville, Trenton Fox and wife Carla of Broken Arrow, OK; six grandchildren; three great grandchildren; nine step grandchildren; eight step great grandchildren; siblings Louise Rusterholz and husband Don of Berryville, Brooke West and wife Linda of Berryville, AR, Ginger Jefferies and husband Hardie of Ft. Smith, AR, and Fred West of Berryville, AR; along with many other relatives and friends.
Robert is preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Osie (Freddie) West.
Memorial service was 10:00 am, Friday, January 7, 2022, at the Charles M. Nelson Memorial Chapel in Berryville with Brother Billy McCall officiating. Visitation proceeded the service at 9:00 am. Memorial donations may be made to Loaves & Fishes, PO Box 149, Berryville, AR 72616, the Berryville Lions Club, PO Box 288, Berryville, AR 72616, or Odd Fellows Lodge #82, 504 Meadowmere St, Berryville, AR 72616. Cremation arrangements are under the direction of Nelson Funeral Service. Online condolences may be sent to the family at nelsonfuneral.com.