Richard Lee Worthington, age 66, of Edina, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in the Blessing Hospital in Quincy, Ill.
He was born May 24, 1947, at Cyrene, the son of Forest Glenn and Lois Irene Lenington Worthington. He was united in marriage to Rita Miller on Oct. 4, 1980, at Edina. To this union two children were born.
Surviving are his wife Rita Worthington of Edina, children and grandchildren, Ryan Lee Worthington (Sarah) and their daughter Kaylee June of Edina, Robin Leann Worthington and daughter Layla Brilyn of Edina, two sisters, Elizabeth Irene (Dale) Jennings of Troy, Linda Sue Riley of Odessa, one brother Douglas Wayne Worthington of Bowling Green, one aunt Ola Mae Watson of Wayland, a sister-in-law Shirley Worthington of Moscow Mills, and several nieces and nephews. Richard was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Orville Eugene Worthington, one sister Rose Marie Worthington and a brother-in-law Jack Riley.
Richard graduated from high school at Bowling Green. He served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1968, receiving the National Defense Service Medal, Overseas Service Bar, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge and Sharp Shooters Badge M-14 Rifle.
Richard worked for Sharkey’s Transportation several years, dispatched for the Knox County Sheriff’s office, worked for Wal-Mart, and was a sales person for Century 21 in Kirksville. Richard also raised cattle on his farm south of Edina.
He loved hunting, fishing, the outdoors and spending time with his grandchildren.
Richard was a member of The Edina Baptist Church, the American Legion Headquarters Post # 1000 in Jefferson City, and the V.F.W. Post in Quincy, Ill. Richard was also a member of the Edina Masonic Lodge # 291 A.F. & A.M., Matilda Chapter # 411 Order of The Eastern Star, the Scottish Rite Valley of Columbia, and was a member of the Society of The Big Red One.
Funeral services were held 12 noon Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina. Chaplin Patrick Pinkerton officiated the services. Burial was with full Military Honors in the Linville Cemetery. Casket bearers were Steve Miller, Stephan Miller, Robert Hubble, Billy Mallett, Kenny Cooper and Nathan Shinkle. Honorary bearers were Jerry Lewis, Ronald Stone and Kenneth Kendall. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. Wednesday, September 25, 2013, till time of services at 12 noon at the Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home in Edina, MO.
Memorials may be made to Matilda Chapter # 411 O.E.S or the Linville Cemetery Association and may be left at or mailed to Hudson-Rimer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1, Edina, MO 63537.