Harry R. Wortman

February 05, 1928 ‒ January 11, 2016

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Harry Wortman was “a country boy at heart,” quickly building friendships in everyone he met: strangers were just friends he hadn’t met yet. His helping and giving personality, found him often visiting friends, attending to their needs, and he was content in caring for his wife during her years of illness.

A man characterized by contentment, Harry R. Wortman went to be with the Lord Monday afternoon, January 11, 2016. He was 87.

He was born February 5, 1928 in MacArthur in Vinton County to Howard and Hazel (Salts) Wortman, and was graduated from MacArthur High School.

He came to Mansfield to find work. Accepting a job at Westinghouse, he worked faithfully there until his retirement when the factory closed in 1990.

Harry was a member of Sons of Herman, Owls and the VFW on Grace Street. He kept busy with yard work – he loved to be on a mower – and enjoyed tending his garden – at harvest, giving the produce to everyone he could.

He is survived by his children & their spouses: Charlotte & Donald Janes of Mansfield, Dee & Will Johnson of Mansfield, Ralph & April Wortman of Bellville, Don & Janet Wortman of Vista, CA, Becky & Ron Frasher of Ontario, and Bob & Teresa Wortman of Mansfield; ten grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters-in-law Wilma Wortman of Carmella, CA and Rose White of Mansfield; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years Mary Louise Militello Wortman on December 3, 2014; also deceased are his parents; three grandsons; brothers Verne Wortman and Merle Wortman, a sister Mildred Shoemaker; and an infant brother Homer.

His family extends heartfelt thanks to Touch of Grace home health care aide Becky Hall who was an exceptional gift in Harry’s care, and allowing him to stay at home.

Friends may call on the Wortman family Thursday, January 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Avenue (Former Finefrock Funeral Home) where a funeral service honoring his life will be held Friday at 11a.m.  Pastor Craig Hamm will officiate assisted by Steve McElhatten. Private burial will be in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

Contributions in his memory to Berean Baptist Church Memorial Fund may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Harry’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory – or see his tribute video – at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • Sorry to hear about Uncle Harry. I never met him and really don’t remember Aunt Mary Louise. When my parent’s divorced in the late 50’s we moved to Calif. and I never really knew the Militello side of the family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  • What a great tribute to a warm and caring man. Although I didn’t have the privilege of knowing him, his legacy of kindness lives on through his children and grandchildren. Prayers and sympathy to his family and friends

  • Becky and Dee so sorry to hear about the loss of your dad it is never easy to lose a parent. You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dee:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I hope all the good memories you have will carry you through this difficult time.

  • I was saddened to hear about your family’s loss. Gather strength from each other, remember all of your happy memories (I know you have so many!), and take comfort knowing your parents are together again, holding hands, in a better place.
    Hugs to all of you,

  • So sorry for your loss. Growing up our families were together so much and it was a better time. Harry was fun to be around, always willing to play ball with us, no , always willing to let us play ball with him. Your family is one of the reasons we so looked forward to weekends. May Gods peace be with your family.
    Bert and Kathy Ousley

    • Bert…
      It was so good to see you and talk to you.
      I don’t often wish to go back in time…but talking to you made me wish I could go back and play a game of ball in the yard 🙂

  • My dear Wortman’s, although it’s been a few weeks now, I know you still miss your father. I feel very privileged to have been Harry’s nurse aid. I miss him so much. We clicked immediately. Harry talked a lot about your mother and missed her a lot. He talked fondly about each of his children and grandchildren. He was very grateful to Brian for opening up his home and Ralph for taking direct care of him and daughter Becky for making everything happen. Harry would say “That’s my baby” (about Becky) and he never had a bad word to say about anyone. Harry had a dream a couple of days before he passed where Mary reached out her hand and told him to take it. He took it. Harry is in heaven with your mother and most of all in the arms of Jesus! Love you all!

    Becky Hall

    • Thank you Becky…. I appreciate so much all of your kind words and especially the love you showed Dad. He loved you too. I miss him so much but I am so glad he isn’t sick anymore. I hope you are well.