West, Jr., Alvin "Lee"

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 1:00 to 4:00 PM

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, February 19, 2017
Time: 4:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Private committal at a later date.

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to the St. Clair Historical Society.


Alvin Lee West, Jr., known to all as Lee, of St. Clair, MO, departed this life at his home, surrounded by the love of his family, on February 13, 2017, having reached the age of fifty-nine years, six months and twenty days. Lee was born in St. Louis, MO, on July 23, 1957, son of Alvin Lee West, Sr. and Edna Nellie West nee Keyes. On September 8, 2007, he was united in marriage to Christie Ellen Zweifel and he loved her children as his own.

Lee is survived by his wife, Christie West of St. Clair, MO; by his step-sons, Justin Russavage and girlfriend, Sara Engeman, of Leslie, MO, and Kyle Russavage of St. Clair; by five grandchildren, Zaden, Arwen, Michael, Rachel and Harper Lee; by his brother, Michael West of St. Clair; by his sisters, Debra West of Sullivan, MO, and Connie Marrocco and husband, Vincent, of St. Clair; by brothers and sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews, cousins and many friends.

Lee was preceded in death by his parents, Alvin, Sr. and Edna West.

Lee was a Christian, believing in the Lord as his Savior. He was employed as a tour guide and ranger for Meramec Caverns in Stanton, MO, having been with them for over ten years. He loved his job and excelled as a tour guide of the caverns. He performed in the annual lantern tours as Jesse James and a confederate soldier. He also worked at the Jesse James museum. His keen interest is Missouri's caves led to his involvement in the Natural Caves Association. He was also a member and Past President of the Greater St. Louis Archeological Society and Past Vice President of Central States Archeological Society and searching for artifacts and arrowheads was a favorite hobby. Lee also loved history and was a member of the St. Clair Historical Museum and they had given him two awards recognizing him for his involvement in the museum. He was a proud recipient in 1999, of the Governor's Humanitarian Award for increasing public interest in history and archaeology. Lee loved acting and had played parts in several films in past years. He was a natural at putting on skits for Meramec Parks. He was artistic by nature with a natural gift for drawing and sketching and was also musically talented and loved to play the guitar, banjo and harmonica. Lee also enjoyed going to the flea market. What meant most to him was time spent with his family. The love they shared and many precious memories they created will forever live in their hearts.

A kind and loving husband, step-dad, grandpa, brother, brother-in-law, nephew, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and treasured friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Memorial services were held at 4:00 PM Sunday, February 19, 2017, at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO, with the Rev. Fred Wells officiating. A private committal will take place at a later date. Memorials may be made to the St. Clair Historical Society.