Kenneth David "K.D." West

  • Born: December 26, 1936
  • Died: January 15, 2020
  • Location: Aurora, Illinois

Healy Chapel

332 W Downer Pl
Aurora, IL 60506
Tel. (630) 897-9291

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kenneth David "K.D." West was called home by God, on January 15th, 2020.

He served in the U.S. Air Force and was employed by Burlington Northern as an engineer for over thirty-one years and was a bus driver for West Aurora School District.

He is survived by his loving wife, Earnestine West; daughter, Staci Keyes; step-children, Renee (John) Grimes, Rickie (Gena) Walls and Reggie Walls; daughter-in-law, Kathryn West-Keyes; mother-in-law, Ora Walls; brothers, Albert (Henrietta) West, Donald (Valerie) West, LaVerne (Sharon) West and Lyman West; brothers-in-law, Edgar Walls, Donald (Evelyn) Walls, Myron Walls, Roosevelt (Cheryl) Walls; sister-in-law, Bobbie Cannon; 16 grandchildren, 9 great-grandchildren, family friend, Gwaina Barnes and a host of family and friends.

Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, Bert West and Maybelle Gatewood; brother, Warren Cannon; sons, Michael and Brian West and former wife, Bonita Keyes, mother of Michael, Brian and Staci.

Visitation will be held from 9 A.M. – 12 P.M. on Monday, January 20, 2020 at The Healy Chapel, 332 West Downer Place Aurora, IL, 60506 immediately followed by service at 12 P.M. Interment at River Hills Memorial Park.

For further information please call 630-897-9291 or visit to leave an online condolence.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I have fond memories of our families in the neighborhood. Will always remember attending Nancy Hill with your family. I extend my sympathy in your loss of David.

Sincerely, Pat Lewis Sanders.

Posted by A friend   February 03, 2020

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Posted by Patricia Lewis Sanders    February 03, 2020

Worked with K.D. often on BNSF suburban trains. Always had a good day and a good time around K.D... Fun to be around.. RIP brother...

Posted by roy coan - Gamaliel, AR   January 28, 2020

Always enjoyed working with K.D I'll never forget your laugh. Rest In Peace my friend God bless.

Posted by Chuck Denton - FL   January 25, 2020

My prayers go out to you Stacy. I remember your dad being such a nice man. It's hard, been there less than 2years ago myself. Find strength in all your good memories with him.

Posted by Danielle M. - Aurora, IL   January 24, 2020

Don, LaVerne,Lyman,and families, while I never met your Brother Kenneth, I want to send my sympathies to you all. I knew you three in West Aurora (Class of 60). May the Lord watch over and bless you all in this time of sorrow.
Tim Strobert

Posted by Timothy Strobert - Ocala, FL   January 21, 2020

I will never forget all of the good times and experiences we shared over the our many years of friendship. Dave will always have a special place in our hearts.

Dennis and Donna Shaw and Family

Posted by A friend   January 21, 2020


Dave sure was one of my favorite people in the Fox Valley Corvette Club. Loved it when he came from work dress in suit and tie. Dave was always fun to talk to and see a great smile and laugh. There are always certain people you don't forget. Dave is one of them. Always enjoyed seeing you both at the Christmas parties. Rest in Peace sweet man. Lori Turek.

Posted by Loretta Turek - St. Charles, IL - Friend   January 21, 2020


God is our refuge and strength,an ever -present help in time of trouble Psalm 46
Praying.for you Earnestine and Family!

Posted by Jimmie Boykin - Naperville   January 20, 2020


My deepest sympathies go out to KD's family. I worked with him at the BN for many years and he had such a great smile and attitude. Rest In Peace KD.

Posted by Diana Cornwell - Howey in the Hills, FL - Coworker   January 19, 2020

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Mr. Greenbay will be missed but not forgotten. I thank God for all the fun and laughter we shared. Randy (Renata) Norman

Posted by A friend   January 19, 2020

Sincere sympathy.

Posted by Linda Barbee Steward - Winston Salem, NC   January 19, 2020

God blessed me with a wonderful Uncle. Thank you Uncle David.

Posted by Warren Cannon - Loganville, GA - Family   January 19, 2020

Always fun to be around whenever I came to town. I will miss you greatly Cousin...

Posted by Sara Berry - DULUTH, GA   January 19, 2020


Sis. West & family,

May the God of all Comfort, be your comforter at this time.

Posted by Rita & Carlew Milan - Oswego, IL   January 18, 2020

Rest In Peace Uncle David.

Posted by Brandon West - Gaithersburg, MD - Family   January 18, 2020

I am very sorry to hear about Dave's untimely death. We first met when he joined the Fox Valley Corvette Club back in 1998 or so. He was a great man to share the Corvette hobby with!

Posted by Douglas B. Jones - St. Charles, IL/Cave Creek, , AZ - Friend   January 17, 2020

David was a former neighbor, hide-and-seek playmate, fellow Nancy Hill and West Aurora student, and life-long friend. So, to his brothers, widow, children and extended family, I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my condolences.

Posted by Norma Carter - Chicago, IL - Family Friend   January 17, 2020

I was saddened to hear of David's passing. He will be truly missed by his many friends and family. I send my sincerest condolences to the family, may you all find comfort in the promises of our Lord and Savior.

Posted by Nancy Barrigher/Sublett - Wheaton, IL - Friend   January 17, 2020

We extend our condolences and prayers to wife and family of Brother West. He and I held many conversations at the Barber Shop, especially when it was about his "prize gem Corvette" and our work in the church. Earth has no sorrow that heaven cannot heal. May God bless you all through this time of your bereavement and celebration. (Rev Dr. Emmitt L. Compton Sr. / Pastor of The Love of God M B Church, 531 Terry Ave, Aurora, Ill, 60506.

Posted by Emmitt Compton Sr - AUrora, IL - Acquaintance   January 17, 2020

Rickie and Gena,
Thinking of you and sending love. May you find comfort in your fond memories.

Posted by Lesa Schaive - Springfield, IL - Friend   January 17, 2020


Rickie and Gena, You are in my prayers during this time. May your memories provide comfort.

Posted by Zack Wilson - Springfield, IL - Friend   January 16, 2020

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