Gordon West
Date of Death: February 10, 2013
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Gordon Raymond West, CDR US Navy Ret., 88, of Port Charlotte, Florida passed away Sunday, February 10, 2013 at his Port Charlotte residence. Ray was born in Springfield, Missouri to G. Raymond and Mae West. His father preceded his mother in death at an early age. Ray attended high school and Drury College in Springfield…

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Volker left a message on February 14, 2013:
On-On Commander Ray. I am sure there will be a serious downer and wake for you somewhere along Soi Post Office, just like you once mentioned all those years ago.
Michele Belanger left a message on February 13, 2013:
We always enjoyed seeing you whether in Thailand or in the US and when that was not possible, reading your annual Christmas letters or having a chat on the telephone. Ray--you will be missed by us, but never forgotten. You were an exceptional person and we were better off for having known you.:) Your loving friends, Claude and Michele Belanger
John P Derr left a message on February 13, 2013:
I have been a long time, over ten years, friend of Ray. We spent many a Navy Happy Hour solving the world's problems and sharing every day problems such as finances, investments, insurance and such. Ray and I had similar active duty experiences and enjoyed reliving those bygone days. Sorry indeed to say farewell to an old friend. John Derr
Mike Weed left a message on February 13, 2013:
You will be missed! I look at the picture here in the obituary, thats how I will always remember you. You left memories in my heart that will never be forgotten. May God Bless you and your family. Love you and will miss you! Now go and start a new journey all over again. Mike Weed
Joe Zonca left a message on February 13, 2013:
I had the pleasure of meeting Ray in Thailand during the 1980's. He was a true gentleman. I enjoyed his company and remember many good times during bowling and other Pattaya Sports Club activities. May God Bless His Soul.
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Rick and Teresa Weigle left a message on February 12, 2013:
Wish we could have had time to know Ray better. What an interesting person!
Jo Ann Griffin left a message on February 12, 2013:
Ray, You were a blessing to each and everyone you came in contact with. You have no idea how much you will be missed. I know I did not get to see you but I talked with you most every week and I will miss that. I have never met a man as compassionate and generous with his time as you. I am hoping you will meet my sister on the other side and play a game of tennis with her. You will be welcomed with open arms. You will be greatly missed. God Bless My Friend. Jo Ann
John & Daeng Raab left a message on February 12, 2013:
We got to know Ray near the end of his life. Ray was generous and kind to us and to everyone whom he met. He liked to talk with us about his time in Thailand, and share his Navy years with us. We mourn his loss. And we will honor his memory by remembering all of the goodness and kindness he showed us. May his wife Rampheung and his family's grief be lessened with memories of Ray's life.
Graham Legge left a message on February 12, 2013:
A sad loss to family and all his friends worldwide. Ray was a man of many achievements and his memory will be with us forever. Rest in peace Ray on your final sail into the sunset. Deepest condolences to all the family. Graham, Meaw & Sara (Thailand).
John Earl left a message on February 12, 2013:
I first met Ray in the mid eighties over in Thailand and we soon became good friends and we spent time together when we were both in Thailand. Since then we have always kept in touch and been in contact over the phone on a regular basis. He never forgot my birthday and always called to say happy birthday. Ray you were the best friend I could ever have and you will be missed by all your friends over here in Thailand.
Edward Henheffer left a message on February 12, 2013:
I affectionately called him Commander. Ray was like a suragate father. We met in Pattaya in 1984, lived together in his bungalow there for quite some time, ran the hash together and partied hardy. I also had the opportunity to spend a fair amount of time with him and his family in Pensacola, while I was doing a project in the area. Ray will be in my heart always, as a good friend and a good man with a big heart, always at peace within himself. May his last journey be as good as all his other journeys.God Bless u Ray God Bless you as well Pung
Rose & George Porth left a message on February 11, 2013:
An amazing man that had so much to offer to others. A good friend that we always enjoyed being with and always had the best conversation. He cared & because of this he had so many friends, he will be missed.
Joe & Shery Elinsky left a message on February 11, 2013:
Ray, We will always remember how you welcomed us as new neighbors. Thank you for coming to our parties, and thank you for inviting us to yours. We will always remember your great stories about your travels. Thank you for sharing all of your wonderful accomplishments with us. We are proud to say you were our neighbor. We will miss you and feel confident you are sailing into the sunset on that great ship in the sky. Love, Shery & Joe
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