Amy Kay West, age 50, of Howard, died Saturday, July 3, 2021, at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Memorial services will be Saturday, July 10, 2021, at Beach United Methodist Church in Howard. Inurnment will follow at Graceland Cemetery in Howard. Visitation will be 5-7 PM, Friday, at the church.
Amy K. Stangohr was born on January 4, 1971 to Roy and Leona (Tarrell) Stangohr in Madison, SD. She joined a family of six older siblings and soon became known as “Amos”, “Ames” or “Mamy” – answering to all.
Amy attended school in Howard where she was very active in basketball, volleyball, cheerleading, track as well as FHA, choir, band and other activities. She graduated in May 1989 as an honors student.
Amy attended Dakota State University in Madison, SD from 1989 to 1994. During that time she participated as a member of the Lady Trojans volleyball team and earned the nickname “Grace” which many of her friends still use as her first name.
On July 25, 1998 she married Rodney West in Sioux Falls, SD and with Tony’s son Brock they became a family which grew to include Nate and Amanda.
Amy was very adept with early information systems particularly those related to accounting and office management processes. She worked for Minnehaha County in the treasurer’s office for a number of years. She also worked at Gannon Bookkeeping and Tax Service.
Many of Amy’s friends share that Amy had such a presence about her, that she was known for her quick wit and for her exceptional intelligence. Her ability to share whatever was needed was always evident.
Grateful for Amy in their life are her husband Tony; son Brock and his wife Lisa along with their family Kadence Halderson, Zayden and Jaxson; son Nathaniel and his wife Jasmine and daughter Amanda; mother-in-law Nancy West; her siblings Kathy (Greg) Callies, Cindy Schwader, Marcia (Randy) Sherman, Gary (Mary) Stangohr, Terry (Diane) Stangohr and Cheryl Moore; her numerous nieces and nephews many of whom shared her growing up days, her special friend Robert Wulf Jr. and many other friends and relatives.
Amy was preceded in death by her parents, brother-in-law Mark Schwader and great-nephew Colton Shoenrock.
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