FAIR HAVEN — Funeral services for Robert J. “Bob” Worthen Sr., 86, who died Feb. 23 after a brief illness was held Feb. 27 at Our Lady of Seven Dolors Church. Burial will be at a later date in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. There will be no public calling hours.
He was born April 30, 1926, in Buenos Aries, Argentina, the son of Robert and Angelica (Saravia) Worthen.
The family moved to New York City in 1930 and then to Vermont in 1940.
Bob graduated form the Fair Haven High School and joined the U.S. Air Force in 1943, serving in Italy; following his honorable discharge, he served in the Army Reserve for 17 years.
He married Pauline (Toddy) Worthen in 1944.
Bob was employed in the slate industry for several years and then became a letter carrier for the Fair Haven Post Office where he served for 32 years. During his retirement, he delivered Meals On Wheels.
He was a selectman for the Town of Fair Haven for 13 years and also served on the planning commission.
Bob was a communicant of Our Lady of Seven Dolors Catholic Church, chairman of the Bishop’s Fund for several years, and served as a minister of the altar and worked for the Youth Fund.
He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping. He was an avid reader of history and biographies and enjoyed dancing and family celebrations.
Survivors include his wife of 68 years, Tod (McCann) Worthen; four children, Rob Worthen and his wife Julie of Oveido, Fla., Judy Gevry and her husband, Armand of Fair Haven, Michael Worthen and his wife, Margaret of Raleigh, N.C., and Jane Eaton and her husband, Harold Jr. of Woodstock; 14 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Hugh Worthen and his wife, Marilyn of Bluffton, S.C.; several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the American Legion Post No. 49, 72 South Main St., Fair Haven, 05743; or to the Foley Cancer Center, 160 Allen St., Rutland, 05701.
Arrangements were under the direction of the Durfee Funeral Home.
This obituary first appeared in the Feb. 28, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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