OSWEGO — Daniel Paul West Jr., 90, of Oswego departed this life on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020, in St. Francis Health System at Tulsa.
Daniel Paul West Jr. was born Sept. 25, 1930, in Oswego to Daniel Paul West Sr. and Flora May (Burrows).
Daniel graduated from Oswego High School with the Class of 1947. In school, he was known to pull a few pranks. After graduating, he joined the United States Air Force, where he served 25 years. He was a veteran of the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He loved that he was able to visit over 30 countries while serving our nation. He looked at his time in the service as getting paid to have fun.
Upon his retirement from the Air Force he returned to Oswego, where he met and married his soulmate, Linda Kay Coppock, on Dec. 20, 1971. From that union came five children.
Those who survive to cherish Daniel’s memories include a son, Harold Ben Coppock (Tony) of Oswego; two daughters, Cammy Annette Allison (William) of Tulsa and Mary May West of Tulsa; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Alta DeCow of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Linda Keltner of Springfield, Missouri; and two brothers, Jesse West of Girard and Jack West of Woodstock, Georgia.
He was proceeded in death by his parents; his wife, Linda West; two sons, Larry Ray Coppock and Daniel Paul West III; a grandson, Larry Wayne Coppock; and three brothers, Jimmy West, Billy West and Gary West.
After retiring from the Air Force, Daniel’s next career adventure was to restore the post offices in Fort Scott and Independence. His attention to detail was evident in the restorations. He decided after that to invest into his hometown and built the 7-11 convenience store in Oswego. He was also known to have several side businesses, such as D.W. Enterprises, an electronic repair business, a fruit stand, a statuary. Later he was a business partner with his brother in the mini-stop convenience store in Girard.
An outgoing man, Daniel loved to visit with people and never met a stranger. Daniel was a generous man who often would help people in time of need. When he wasn’t tinkering or fixing something, you could find him fishing, spending time with his family, playing on the computer and researching alternative medicine.
The service will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Derfelt Funeral Home in Oswego. Burial will follow at Elm Grove Cemetery, Edna. Military rites will be conducted at the graveside by the Brown-Bishop Post No. 704, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Parsons.