Richard M. Worner
July 08, 1921 ‒ July 17, 2009
Supporting and cheering for his three boys was how Richard Worner truly became a fan of Clear Fork sports. His passion for Colt athletics only grew from decade to decade marking Richard as one of Clear Forks biggest sports fanatics.
Richard M. Worner, 88, passed away Friday evening July 17, 2009 in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital surrounded by his loving family.
He was born on July 8, 1921 in Mansfield to Wilbur and Erma (Clever) Worner and was graduated from Bellville High School in 1940. Following school Richard served in the Army during WWII Era. Soon after his discharge he married Lucille Russell. The two resided on their family farm in Bellville.
Hardworking and determined, Richard was a provider for his family. He worked at Westinghouse as a Journeymen Tool Maker for 42 years retiring in 1985. Richard enjoyed keeping busy, mostly focusing his time outside working on his farm. From cattle and pigs to sweet corn and numerous other vegetables Richard, Lucille and the children worked hard year round maintaining the farm.
Having an interest in tractors Richard’s prized possession was his 1954 Farmall Super MTA, which he later gave to his son.
Square dancing was just another of Richards passions. He and Lucille were members of the Johnny Appleseed Squares, and from a young age the two would spend almost every Tuesday, Wednesday and most weekends, square dancing at various halls throughout north central Ohio.
Richard was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church serving as Sunday School Superintendent, and served on the church building committee where he helped coordinate the 1st church addition in the 1950’s, which was for the education rooms.
Richard is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law William (Paula) Worner and Clifford (Lana) Worner and daughter-in-law Malinda Worner all of Bellville: grandchildren Mike Worner of Jeromesville, Misty (Aaron) Thomas of Mansfield, Marla (Warren) Reynolds of Mansfield, Nick Worner of Lakewood, Caroline, Alison and Mark Worner all of Bellville; great grandchildren Kortney and Kris Worner, Kaleb Thomas and Owen and Izaya Reynolds; two sisters Evelyn Wagner of Mansfield, Margie Dailey of Winter Haven, Florida, a brother Cecil Worner of Lexington; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family.
Along with his parents Richard was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Worner, son John Worner, sister Maxine Barber, and brothers Franklin and Rexford Worner.
The Worner family will receive friends on Monday July 20, 2009 from 4-8pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11am in St. Paul Lutheran Church in Bellville. Pastor Douglas Pretorius will officiate. Burial with military honors performed by the American Legion Post #535 will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions to St. Paul Lutheran Church or the Clear Fork Athletic Boosters may be made at the funeral home.