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Beatty Funeral Home Washington
Friday June 3rd, 2022
12:00pm - 5:00pm

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Graveside Service

Elm Grove Cemetery, Washington
Saturday June 4th, 2022

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Michael E Worley

Michael Eugene Worley, 75 of Washington, died Monday, May 30, 2022, at the Parkview Home in Wayland, following a short illness.


Graveside services will be 10:00 AM, Saturday, June 4, 2022, at the Elm Grove Cemetery in Washington with full military honors. Open visitation will be Noon-5:00 PM, Friday, June 3, 2022, at the Beatty Funeral Home in Washington. Live stream will be available via the funeral home Facebook page or YouTube channel. A memorial has been established to F-Troop, Washington Model Railroad Historical Society, and Hospice Compassus.


Michael was born June 12, 1946, in Chicago Heights, IL, the son of Verle Eugene and Evelyn D. (Davis) Worley. He graduated from Washington High School in 1964, the University of Iowa, and served in the US Navy. He was united in marriage to Jo Anne Wittstrom on June 7, 1968, at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Washington.


He was employed with Washington Manufacturing, Washington Electric, owned and operated Worley Electric, and retired from the University of Iowa in 2012. He was a member of the American Legion Post #29 and the Immanuel Lutheran Church. He enjoyed fishing, model trains, founding the Washington Model Railroad Historical Society, and was active with lighting and scenery at the community theater for 25 years.


Survivors include his wife Jo Anne of Washington, children, Michael Shawn (Dawn) Worley of Evanston, WY, and Maureen Elizabeth (Jonas) Totilas of Murry, NE; sister Pat (Gary) Kilberger of Swisher, Ia; seven grandchildren, Reghan, Rylan, Riann, Gage, Melena, Brittani, and Jordan.


He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Gabriel.

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A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Donna Andreesen Jul 2 2022 2:15 AM

Mike taught me everything I knew and knew I didn't know about theatre construction and lighting! He told me how to build a flat and a platform, board by board and nail by nail and handled all my lighting needs. He walked me through tech rehearsals when I knew nothing about them. His help and friendship were priceless to me over the many years we worked together. He is one of the theater greats here in Washington.

Years later my daughter and I were in Iowa City to see Barack Obama. We had her young baby with us. The baby was sleeping peacefully in her mother's arms until Obama came on stage and the crowd roared. Baby Amelia began screaming at the top of her lungs. I told my daughter to stay where she was at the front of the crowd and I took the baby to the back wall of the room. A familiar voice said, "Jan come in here. You can see him on screen. "It was Mike in the sound room at the back of the venue, running tech, of course. We were so grateful. Mike came to my rescue once again!

Jan Gallagher Jun 13 2022 1:47 AM

Mike was an interesting person w/ his own views of life and how he should operate within that realm. When installing additional plug-ins in our 1916 built house, he told me that if he cleaned up his messes, it would just cost me more, so I should plan to clean those wood shavings and plaster bits and save his fee for doing the same thing. But he was always an avid participant when it came to theater lighting and F Troop organization. He was also fond of gooseberry jam, which Joanne had the pleasure of preparing for him for many years. He will, of course, be missed.

Virginia McCurdy Jun 7 2022 12:15 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Diane Worley Jun 5 2022 11:03 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Nancy Lucas Jun 4 2022 4:54 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Ross Campbell Jun 4 2022 1:08 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Terry Kono Jun 3 2022 12:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Tom and Mary Gail Lyons Jun 2 2022 8:22 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Worley

Ray Newkirk Jun 2 2022 8:39 AM

When I was in grade school, Cousin Mike gave me his old Lionel train as he was moving on to a new HO gauge train set. I played with that train for hours, actually years…but I never got hooked on trains like Mike did, he was a train enthusiast as was evidenced in his involvement in the Washington Model Railroad Historic Society. His other passions were Washington’s F Troop Museum and the American Legion. At one time he was the F Troop museum’s curator looking over memorabilia from the Civil War to the most recent wars in the last 20 years. As a member of the American Legion, he took great pride in Memorial Day and Veterans Day celebrations, marching in parades and participating as part of the military honor guard at grave side services. How fitting for Mike to make his final departure on 30 May…Memorial Day.

Les and Linda Worley Jun 1 2022 11:13 PM

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