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Fmr. Del. Rep. Charles West Dies

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Fmr. Del. Rep. Charles West (Photo: Watson Funeral Home) Fmr. Del. Rep. Charles West (Photo: Watson Funeral Home)

GUMBORO, Del. - Former Delaware Representative and Sussex County native, Charles West, has died at the age of 94.

Governor Jack Markell made the announcement Friday order the American and Delaware state flags at state buildings to be flown at half staff as a mark of respect for West and his service to the First State. West died Wednesday evening at his home in Gumboro.

West, known to many as Charlie, served 26 years in the Delaware House of  Representatives representing the 41st District, which covers the Gumboro and Millsboro areas. He was elected to one term in 1956, then returned to the chamber in 1978 to serve 12 more consecutive terms, retiring in 2002. Gov. Markell said during West's time in the legislature, he championed education issues and helped establish the Sussex County Veterans Cemetery. West also served his country and community as a World War II veteran in the U.S. Army and founding member of the Gumboro Volunteer Fire Company.
 
State Rep. Rich Collins, R-Milllsboro, who currently represents the 41st District, called Mr. West "an inspiration" and a man who embodied all the best qualities of Sussex County.
 
"Charlie West was a farmer, a pragmatist, and a man of the people," Rep. Collins said.  "He had an admirable clear, resolute, and conservative vision of the world that was shaped by years of farming and hard work.  His years of dedicated constituent service while in the State House of Representatives set a benchmark that has personally inspired my work as a legislator.  He was a good man and his departure leaves our community poorer for his loss." 
 
A viewing will be held at Watson Funeral Home, 211 S. Washington Street in Millsboro on Sunday, October 11th from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Monday, October 12th from noon to 1 p.m., with a funeral service beginning immediately afterward. Following the service, West will be laid to rest with full military honors at the West Family Cemetery, adjacent to the family farm on Lone Cypress Road. Gov. Markell ordered the flags to be flown at half staff until the close of business on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Memorial Fund at the Delaware Community Foundation in honor of Representative Charles P. West.  Checks should be payable to the "Delaware Community Foundation" and the donor should write "Rep. Charles P. West" on the memo line.  Checks may be sent to the Delaware Community Foundation, 36 The Circle, Georgetown, DE 19947.

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