John R. Worner

January 08, 1946 ‒ May 02, 2005

Bellville, Ohio

BELLVILLE: John Richard Worner, 58, of State Route 13, Bellville, died Monday afternoon May 2, 2005 in Bennington Glen, Marengo, following a long series of illnesses.

He was born July 8, 1946 in Mansfield, and had been a lifelong Bellville area resident.

John was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1964, and attended The Ohio State University. During the Vietnam War era he served with the U.S. Army, stationed in Germany.

For the past 37 years he had worked with Shafer Valve, originally as a draftsman, but most of those years as a sales and customer service representative.

John was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Bellville, where he formerly served on church council.

For 13 years, he served on the Bellville Agricultural Fair Board, and for six years on the Livestock Committee of the Richland County Fair.

Over the years, John raised all manner of livestock: cows, hogs, sheep ~ and was active and supportive of his children’s 4H animal projects. Their home was active with all sorts of animals: horses, pigs, more cats than you can count, and even o’possum and a skunk.

Horsepower, not horses, would win his favor. Since the age of 15, he was active in tractor pulls ~ with about every group he could find: the Ohio State Tractor Pullers Association, Ohio State Antique Tractor Pullers Association, Central Ohio Antique Tractor Pullers Association and the Buckeye Iron Will Tractor Club, to name a few. He could most often be seen perched atop his 1954 Farmall Super MTA that had been his Dad’s, a 1948 Farmall, or a 1956 International T~340 Crawler bulldozer.

Strong in the work ethic department, John kept busy in his gardens and farming. Until 1990 he farmed his father’s land, and thereafter helped a cousin farm.

He was most often found outside, and tilled, mowed and landscaped for others with his other (green) tractor.

None of these activities kept him from his children’s school athletic activities, and playing with his grandkids.

He is survived by his wife Malinda K. (Smith) Worner, whom he married October 14, 1972; their children Mike and Tobi Worner of Jeromesville, Misty Worner of Mansfield, and Marla and Warren Reynolds of Mansfield; three precious grandchildren Kortney Morris, Kristopher Worner and Owen Reynolds; his father Richard M. Worner of Bellville; two brothers and sisters-in-law William and Paula Worner and Clifford and Lana Worner all of Bellville; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Robert and Anna Hamilton of Bellville; several brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and numerous nieces and nephews; as well as a huge circle of friends.

His mother, Thelma Lucille (Russell) Worner, preceded him in death on May 28, 1988.

The family will receive friends Thursday, May 5, 2005 from 2-4 and 6-9 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. A worship service, giving Glory to God for the life of John R. Worner will be held Friday at 11 am in St. Paul Lutheran Church, 48 Church Street, Bellville, with the Rev. Douglas J. Pretorius officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park, where Irvin Hiskey Post #535 American Legion will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to the John R. Worner Memorial Fund to benefit the Bellville community may be made at the funeral home.