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WEST, Norman R.
WEST, Norman R. Norman West passed away on Sept. 16, 2015. He was born on a farm in Baxter, Iowa to William and Nellie West on Sept. 27, 1922. A World War II veteran, he served on the battleship U.S.S. Pennsylvania when the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred on Dec. 7, 1941. As a Chief Electronics Technicians Mate his tasks included maintaining the radar system on the ship, which was a key technology the Japanese did not have. After leaving the Navy in 1946 he married his wife Phyllis and started his career as a radio repairman in San Francisco, California. A few years later he transitioned into the new field of television repair and in 1956 moved his family to the Antelope Valley to take up a position at NASA. He was involved in the radar tracking of some of the early supersonic aircraft including the Bell X-2, North American X-15, and through the early test landings of the Space Shuttle. After retiring he spent more time pursuing his interests in astronomy, electronics, and computers. He is survived by his wife of 69 years Phyllis, daughter Ellen, son Michael and his wife Thelma. Viewing will be held from 4-6 pm, Tues. Sept. 22, 2015 at Mumaw Funeral Home, 44463 Date Ave., Lancaster. Burial will be at 10 am, Wed. Sept. 23, 2015 at Bakersfield National Cemetery, 30338 E. Bear Mtn. Blvd., Arvin, CA.

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