John L. Worthen

September 09, 1923 ‒ July 20, 2008

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

John L. Worthen, age 84, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, died peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, July 20, 2008, at the home of his son, Rev. J. David Worthen.

He was born in Vinton, Iowa, on September 9, 1923, the son of the late John M. and Hazel (Lindsey) Worthen. On June 30th, 1944, John married Mary Joan Kindig of Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Together they shared a faith-filled, loving relationship for over 52 years. She preceded him in death on November 8, 1996.

An accomplished salesman, John spent most of his career in the promotion, sales and design of Aggregate Processing Machinery, in various regions of the country.

He was an avid golfer, with one of his proudest achievements being walking and playing 54 holes of golf on his 81st birthday. He was a long-time Presbyterian.

He will be missed by his son and daughter-in-law, Rev. J. David & Joanie Worthen of Marion, Ohio, and his three granddaughters and their families: Rev. Heidi Gamble of Culver City, California, her husband Rev. Jason Gamble, and their children Hannah and Madeleine; Heather Hendrix of Mansfield, Ohio, her husband David Hendrix, and their children Kylie and Sarah; and Holly Worthen of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

A private family service will be conducted in Marion, Ohio, by his son, the Rev. J. David Worthen. A graveside service will then be held in “The Garden of the Cross” at Cedar Memorial Cemetery in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, with Rev. Worthen officiating, on Saturday, July 26th at 2:00 p.m.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the Denzer-Farison-Hottinger & Snyder Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at the funeral home’s website:

Memorial contributions can be made to the Visiting Nurse Association, 1201 3rd Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52401.