Sherwood Francis Worden was born Dec. 15, 1925, in Worthington, Minn., the son of Harry and Doris (Holst) Worden. He attended grade school in Iona, Minn., and later graduated from Fulda (Minnesota) High School.
On March 22, 1944 Skip was inducted into the United States Army. He served in Europe during World War II and received the Bronze Star during the Battle of the Bulge. He earned his honorable discharge on April 9, 1946. Following the service Skip returned to Iona and worked at a local grain elevator.
Skip and Irene Langland were united in marriage Oct. 6, 1946, at Slayton, Minn. They made their home in Waterloo, where Skip worked as a mechanic for 13 years. They moved to Marcus, and Skip took a position at Gross Implement, an Oliver tractor dealership.
In 1976 a position opened at Phillips Kiln Service in Sioux City. This shift in careers allowed Skip and Irene to travel worldwide as he serviced and repaired manufacturing kilns. He retired in 1986.
Skip enjoyed following the lives and activities of his grandchildren. He continued to tinker on things in his retirement and could often be seen riding his bicycle in Marcus.
He was a member of F.I. Goodburn American Legion Post #517 in Marcus and the Iona Veterans of Foreign Wars in Iona, Minn.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 65 years, Irene of Marcus; a son Bob Worden and his wife, Peg, of Le Mars; a daughter, Donna Abitz and her husband, Mike, of Midlothian, Texas; five grandchildren, Scott (Petita) Kepler, Tony Kepler, Tracy (Curt Matzdorff) Worden, Tim Worden and Alicia (Brendt Grooms) Worden; and six great-grandchildren, Cheyenne, Faith, Sidney, Austin, Chloe and Emily.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home in Marcus. The Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Skip donated his body to the University of Iowa Medical School Program. Burial will follow at a later date at the Marcus Amherst Cemetery. Visitation will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The Earnest - Johnson Funeral Home of Marcus is assisting Skip's family with funeral arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy may be directed through www.mauerjohnsonfh.com.