Adam Lewis West
Feb. 23, 1971- Oct. 22, 2009
Former Oconomowoc and Watertown resident Adam West left this world Oct. 22, 2009, at the age of 38.
He is survived by his wife, Carrie (nee Wegner); son, Micah; and daughter, Holly. He is further survived by his parents, Dale and Elizabeth (Betsan) West of Mukwonago; and his parents-in-law, Donald and Milene Wegner of Oconomowoc. He is also survived by a sister, Rebecca (Steve) Maddix; two brothers, Damon (Margaret) West and William (Jo Ann Maier) West; brother-in-law, David (Sharon) Wegner; sister-in-law, Laurie (Robert) Koneck; nieces, Corinne and Erica Maddix, Amy and Lauren West, Abby West; and nephews, Ryan Maddix, and Karl and Kurt Koneck.
Adam and his family had given up home, career and nearly all personal possessions to serve the Lord in full-time missionary work. While working at the Watertown Municipal Airport, Adam had earned a private pilotﾕs license, instrument rating, commercial pilotﾕs license, airframe and power plant mechanics certification, plus accumulated flight hours as time permitted. He and his family were in Tennessee for his final tutoring in the type of aircraft he would be flying in their accepted mission assignment to Zambia in Africa. The next process was full evaluation in North Carolina of all he had learned.
With his instructor at his side, and to get the feel of a fully weighted aircraft, Adam took off through the hills and mountain ranges of Tennessee. But often in the case in flying, plans can change in mid-flight, and they ultimately flew their airplane all the way to Jesus.
After graduating from Mukwonago High School, Adam attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater for a semester. Following that, he held various jobs until he decided to join the Navy, and served as a nuclear electrician on a guided missile cruiser. After the Navy tour of duty ended, Adam married the former Carrie Wegner of Oconomowoc in 1999. Adam had a way of accomplishing everything he set out to do, including earning a degree in information technology in three years at UW-Milwaukee, graduating summa cum laude. He was then employed by the Briggs and Stratton Corp. as a programmer/analyst in SAP applications. Several years after pursuing the American dream, Adam received an invitation from God to serve him in missionary aviation full time. This invitation directed Adam to end his computer job and sell his newly built home to pursue this vision God had set in his heart. He dedicated himself completely to this goal.
Adam's instructor was Ron Royce of Elizabethton, Tenn. He has served in many capacities of aviation and had instructed hundreds of pilots in the mission field for more than 40 years, many of whom are instructing other pilots with the same techniques used by Mr. Royce. Both men were committed to serving their savior, Jesus Christ, doing what they loved to do.
Among other things, Adam will be remembered for his love of people and his unique sense of humor. Adam was a gentle and loving husband, and a playful, involved father.
Adam was a very active member of White Stone Community Church of Oconomowoc. The family is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love, concern, assistance and Christ-like stepping up to meet the needs of the family at this difficult time by those of the church. We donﾕt understand all things but we know in the end we have the victory.
Friends will be received by the family at Westbrook Church from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6. The church is located on Highway 83, approximately one mile north of Interstate 94. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, also at Westbrook Church.