John E. Worlund, Jr., 90, passed away Sept. 29, 2010 at his home on Samish Island.
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He was born March 22, 1920, in Evergreen, AL, son of John E. Worlund, Sr. and Mattie (Taylor) Worlund.
After graduating from Evergreen High School in Alabama, he continued his education and received degrees from colleges in Iowa, Maryland and New York.
On August 9, 1942, John married June Clark in Seattle, WA. They had 3 children. June passed away in 2000. He later married Jane Peter in 2004.
John was a career pilot in the US Marine Corps. Serving in the South Pacific during WWII and Korea, he was awarded an Air Medal and 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses.
After serving in the Marines for 23 years, John retired, achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. He then went on to work for North American Rockwell as an Industrial Engineer. Later he served as a church administrator for 18 years.
After his retirement in 1982, the family moved to Samish Island where he continued his ministry as an Evangelist in the Community of Christ.
John is survived by his wife, Jane; daughter, Jill (Wayne) Miller of Skiatook, OK; sons, John (Liane) of Bellingham, WA and Joe (Pam) of Ballwin, MO; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three half-sisters; one half-brother; numerous nieces and nephews. John was loved by his stepchildren, Janet Francis, Diane (Michael) Smith and Matthew (Catherine) Peter and seven step-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held Sunday, October 10, 2010 at 9:30 a.m. at Bow Cemetery.
Memorial services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at Community of Christ Samish Island Camp, 11633 Scott Road, Bow.
Donations can be made to the John E. Worlund Memorial Fund at any Bank of America branch. Contributions will benefit the Community of Christ Samish Island Campground, to which John was dedicated, serving administratively, physically and financially from 1974 until his death.
Arrangements are under the direction of Hulbush Funeral Home, Burlington.
Hulbush Funeral Home
281 S Burlington Blvd. Burlington, WA 98233-1708
Published in Skagit Valley Herald Publishing Company on Oct. 6, 2010