Col. Alden A. "Bud" West
- January 29, 1922 - July 24, 2012
- Williamsburg, Virginia
of Alden's Passing
Attention: Donor Services, 4899 Belfort Rd. Suite 300
Jacksonville, FL 32256
James City County Fire Department
5077 Joh Tyler Hwy.
Williamsburg, VA 23188
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“I have so many good memories about my Uncle Bud, all the way back to when he and Betty and their children lived in Shrewsbury, Mass. I remember that...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: John Hertz - Vedbaek, Denmark
“I'll remember a lot of things about my Uncle Bud - his love of golf (which we shared), his deep and abiding patriotism, forged in missions in his B...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Larry Hertz - Highland , NY
“Bud and Betty's love for one another was a joy and an inspiration. I'm sure he missed her terribly -- just as he will be missed terribly by all who...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Lanette Fisher-Hertz - MA
“I never had the plesure to get to know you, but I do have the pleasure to love your wonderful daughter and son-law, Carol and Donny. Life is about...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Alicia O'Meara - Park City, UT
“I have known Bud for a very long time. He and Betty were always full of life and enthusiasm which greatly touched all the people around them and gave...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Ben Dann - Coronado, CA
“MR WEST I'LL MISS YOU SPECIALY WHEN WE SIT OUT SIDE AND LOOK FOR PLANES AND YOU WHERE WAITING ON THE MAIL MAN TO COME MAY GOD BLESS YOU ON YOUR...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: AMY WOLF - QUINTON, VA
“We'll miss you Bud. Have enjoyed talking flying with you these last six years, especially since you got your "safe for solo" rating on your scooter....Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Tom and Joan Flanary - DC
“May God Be with you Bud. We will miss you.Vicky & Cecil Simmons
8 of 8 | Posted by: William Cecil and Vicky Simmons - VA
Col. Alden A. "Bud" West, USAF (Ret.) passed away on July 24, 2012 at Patriots Colony of Williamsburg. Born January 29, 1922 in Worcester, MA to Dr. Gustav and Gerda West, he was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Elizabeth "Betty" West, his parents, and his only sister, Eleanor West Hertz. He was formerly a resident of Newport News and Sarah's Creek in Hayes.
He is survived by his children and their spouses, Nancy (Sewell) Rowley of Yorktown, VA; Carol (Donnie) Wanstall of Atlantic Beach, FL; Doug (Chris) West of Jacksonville, FL; Pete (Dotty) West of Aiken, SC; and Mary Jane (Joe) Vanderdys of Chantilly, VA; 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
Bud was a graduate of Worcester Academy. He then attended MIT, interrupting his college career to serve in the military and then returned to complete his degree, graduating in February 1947.
Assigned to the 12th Air Force, 57th Bomb Wing, 321st Bomb Group, 448th Squadron of the Army Air Corps, Bud was a B-25 pilot in the European theater during World War II, stationed primarily in Italy and Corsica. He later served in the Korean Conflict. Following active duty in the Air Force he served in the Reserves, rising to the rank of Colonel and retiring in 1969.
His support of military causes continued in Bud's affiliation with the Order of Daedalians and the Quiet Birdmen. He was a past president of the Langley Chapter of AFA, as well as National Director Emeritus. From 1963-83, he was employed by General Electric in Newport News, in coordination with the Department of Defense at several local military installations.
Bud was a former member of the James River Country Club and loved playing the game of golf.
A private family graveside service was held at Peninsula Memorial Park. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 25 at 11:00 AM at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Rd, Williamsburg. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to James City County Fire Dept., 5077 John Tyler Hwy, Williamsburg, VA 23188 or the Wounded Warriors Fund, 4899 Belfort Rd, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256. Online condolences may be expressed at www.nelsencares.com.