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A Memorial Celebration of Life for David L. Worthington, 70, of Kalona, will be held Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2:00 PM at the Wise Family Funeral Home in Roseville, IL. Inurnment of his cremains will follow at the Point Pleasant Township Cemetery in Point Pleasant Township, IL. A time to greet the family will be held one hour prior to the service at the Wise Family Funeral Home. David Lynn Worthington died Wednesday, April 4, 2018 in the ICU at the VA Medical Center in Iowa City, after the Lord called him home, ending years of suffering from CHF and Diabetes. A memorial fund has been established for the VA Medical Center in Iowa City.
David "Dave" Worthington was born December 23, 1947, the son of John J. and Viola "Vi" (Watt) Worthington in Monmouth, IL. He was a 1965 graduate of Roseville High School, Roseville, IL. Dedicated to our country, he enlisted in the Unites States Army in 1966 during the Vietnam War. In Vietnam he served as a heavy equipment operator. It was in Vietnam that David was heavily exposed to Agent Orange, from which he suffered numerous health issues throughout his life. David was united in marriage to Diane Bubon on September 2, 1966. To this union three beautiful children were born: Stephanie (Jeff) Shaner of Mayville, WI., Dewain (Kirsten) Peterson of Mokena, IL., and Toni (Chris) Van Bevern of Alpha, IL. He later married Judy Lynn Creek in Bushnell, IL, where he spent the majority of his adult years. He married his high school sweetheart, Nancy (Lawhorn) Means on May 28, 2011. David was an expert farmer. He also was employed at Yetter Manufacturing in Colchester, IL, where he designed implement tools as a design supervisor. He later worked as a long haul semi truck driver for Hiel, until a severe injury forced early retirement at age 58.
David was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church, the Lions Club, the Kalona Optimist Club and the Wellman American Legion. He was an avid deer hunter, fisherman and gardener. David excelled in camp cooking and many family and friends enjoyed his expertise in an outdoor kitchen. David welcomed everyone with a smile. He gave much and asked nothing in return. He will be missed by many, especially Nancy, Thor and Zeus.
David is survived by his wife Nancy of Kalona, four sisters: Melinda Frakes, Carolyn Taflinger, Brenda (Jim) Lybarger, Juana (Richard) Becraft, one brother Michael (Ruth) Worthington, his three children, six grandchildren, a great grandson, one step daughter Nichole Myles, seven step-grandchildren, and eight step great grandchildren. He was especially close to his cousin Nancy Huston.
Preceding David in death were his parents, paternal grandparents John and Mabel Worthington, maternal grandparents Ben and Mae Watt and a granddaughter.
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Extending our deepest sympathy to Daves family. He was a good friend to our entire family when we were growing up. Used to babysit his kids. Sending our love and prayers. The Livermore,Blender & Corzatt families.
Chuck & Roxanne Corzatt Apr 18 2018 12:00 AM
I'm so sorry to hear of David's passing. He was like a father to me for nearly thirty years, and we lost touch after he and my mom got divorced. My husband, my kids and I have so many great memories of him. He was a surly but loving man, with a big heart. My condolences to Nancy and the rest of his family.
Jody (Creek) Klabunde Apr 13 2018 12:00 AM
Dave was a good friend. I worked for and with him as a young man mostly on a corn sheller his Dad owned. Always referred to me as "Mussels" the nickname he chose for me. He's the only one that ever called me that. In recent years we reconnected after he stopped in at my Insurance office in Abingdon , Il. Since then we stayed in touch via Facebook. Sorry to hear of his passing. My condolences to all the family. He will be missed.
Duane McClusky Apr 12 2018 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathy to the family. I always remember David as a very pleasant and fun person.
Marsha Garland (Carlson) Apr 11 2018 12:00 AM
So sorry for your families loss! Prayers go out to you all. Dave was a very warm hearted person and enjoyable to be around.
Connie Cook Apr 6 2018 12:00 AM