Rhea West, age 66, of rural Dent, MN, passed away at her home on Dead Lake, Monday, September 23, 2013, under the care of her husband and Lakeland Hospice.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, September 27, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dent, MN. Burial will take place at Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery, Dent. Visitation will be held at Immanuel Lutheran Church from 4-7 p.m., Thursday, September 26, 2013 with a prayer service to take place at 6:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to Lakeland Hospice, Dead Lake Association Endowment and Immanuel Lutheran Church Ladies Aid.
Rhea was born April 22, 1947, to Herman and Lois (Schroeder) Daehn in Davenport, Iowa. She graduated Wheatland High School and continued working on her parent's farm until her marriage to Ernie West on May 16, 1970. The couple resided in rural Dent, MN, where they enjoyed their home on Dead Lake. They were very active with the Dead Lake Association and numerous sports car clubs in three different states. Rhea also worked for over a decade with the US Department of Agriculture.
Rhea enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She loved crafting, sewing, reading and cross-stitching. Rhea also enjoyed all of the pleasures of living on Dead Lake.
She was a very active member of Immanuel Lutheran Church, Dent, MN, and was previously a member of St. Paul's Lutheran in Richville, MN, Risen Christ in Davenport, IA, Trinity Lutheran also in Davenport, IA, and Trinity Lutheran Church in Lowden, IA.
Rhea is survived by her husband, Ernie West of rural Dent (Richville, MN); her mother, Lois Daehn of Wheatland, IA; brother-in-law, Jerry Brophy of Ames, IA; and children: Dwight (Darcy) West of Davenport, IA, Teresa (William) Schilling of East Troy, WI, and step children: Wendy Sheldon, Ernie West, and Steven West; grandchildren: Holly Sheldon, Joseph West, Zach Hurt, Austin West, Mason West, Logan West, Wyatt Schilling, Clarissa Schilling, Trenton Schilling, Addison Schilling, and Marshall Schilling.
Rhea was preceded in death by her father Herman Daehn; and sister, Karen Brophy.