Merle Lawrence West, 74, of Connersville passed away Sunday evening, January 10, 2021 at Reid Health, Richmond.

The oldest of seven children of Russel and Mary Burch West, Merle was born in Batesville and grew up in the Metamora area. Following his graduation from Brookville High School, Merle enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country during the Vietnam era as a communication specialist on the guided missile destroyer U.S.S Berkley.