George John Worner was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota on April 25, 1927 and died in his home in Colorado Springs, Colorado on September 6, 2013.
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He was a great inspiration and a hero to many people. He grew up in North Dakota and Illinois during the Depression years. He is preceded in death by his mother, Cordelia Kirn Worner, who died when he was 3, and his father, Elroy Henry Worner. He was raised by his paternal grandparents from the age of 3 to 9, and by his father and step-mother from the age of 9 to 18.
He joined the Navy at the age of 18 for the final year of WWII. He later graduated from college and seminary with a degree in theology with the help of the GI Bill. His profession was a Minister and later a Chaplain in the United States Air Force, retiring as a Colonel after serving his country for more than 20 years. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War.
His strengths were his faith, looking at the positive side of things, patience, being a good listener, and always being thankful.
He considered marrying Linnea and accepting Christ as his most important accomplishments.
Things that brought George enjoyment were the comforts of home, seeing his wife happy, golf, gardening, visiting the children, organizing things and "sorting out stuff", church, vacations, and watching the children's, grandchildren's and great-grandchilden's growth not only physically, but also intellectually, emotionally and spiritually. The bond of family was always important to him.
He believed that every "seed he sowed" that inspired someone made his life worthwhile and meaningful. He believed he had "sown good seeds along the way". His inspiration was Jesus, and he thought of himself as His disciple. Had it not been for His example, teachings, and presence in his life, he felt he would have been nothing. He owed his life to Jesus.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Linnea Elinor Asplund Worner, and his five children: daughters LeAnne (Miller), Sheila (Matthew), Christine (Eldridge), Rebecca (Lussier), and son Elroy, as well as 9 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.
George lives on in the hearts of his family and friends.
Published in The Gazette from Sept. 10 to Sept. 11, 2013