Vernon A. Wortman, 73, died Thursday (March 9, 2006) at Community Hospital of McCook.
He was born March 20, 1932, at Tekamah to Albert John and Margaret Lorraine (Young) Wortman. He grew up on a farm near Walthill and graduated from Walthill High School in 1949. He attended Wayne State College and graduated from the University of Nebraska.
He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 until 1957. He served in the USAF Reserves until 1967.
He married Betty E. Dye at Rosalie on June 12, 1954. He had lived in McCook since 1971. He worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Soil Conservation Service from 1959 until his retirement in 1987.
He was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran Church. He was also a member of the American Legion Post 203, VFW Post 1952, NARFE, the Masonic Lodge No. 135 and Shrine, the Elks and the Valley Hope Advisory Board in Norton, Kan.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of McCook; two sons, Mike and wife, Deb of Wichita, Kan., and Curt of Ogallala; a daughter, Denise and husband, Joe Yauney of Mitchell; four brothers, Gerald and wife, Joanne of Tekamah, Lawrence of Walthill, Delmar and wife, Glenna of Rosalie and Don and wife, Eleanor of Huntington Beach, Calif.; six grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and numerous other relatives and friends.
Services will be Saturday, 10 a.m., at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in McCook with the Rev. John Strecker-Baseler officiating. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.
Visitation will be today, until 8 p.m., at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook. The family will be present to meet friends, 6-8 p.m. Condolences can also be left online at www.carpenterbreland.com.
Memorials are being accepted in his name.
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.