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Bryce Worley - February 13, 2013


Bryce Clyde Worley died at the age of 80 Feb. 13, 2013 at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood. Bryce was the first born to Clyde Byron Worley and Mildred Fae (Slack) Worley on Jan. 11, 1933 in Holyoke.

He attended Holyoke High School and received his diploma in 1951. Bryce was drafted into the Army Jan. 30, 1953 and was deployed to the 936th Field Artillery to serve as a mechanic, guard and artillery operator in Seoul, Korea during the Korean War. He returned and was released from active duty Nov. 30, 1954 and attended an NJC welding class through GI benefits.

Bryce began his career of farming, and shortly after, he married Louise Marie Heermann on March 25, 1956. They settled in Holyoke to farm, ranch and raise a family at 26416 County Road 45. Bryce and Louise were members of Zion Lutheran Church, where Bryce served as an elder for three years. Bryce was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6482, Young Farmers Chapter and the Soil Conservation District. Bryce was also a former commander of the Legion.

Bryce enjoyed restoring antique tractors and frequented antique tractor shows/pulls around the states of Colorado and Nebraska. Bryce also loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Bryce is survived by his wife, Louise Marie Worley; and their four children, Lyle Rae Worley, Linda Lou Worley, Aaron Clyde Worley and wife Pamela Kay Worley and Brian John Worley. Bryce is also survived by his three sisters, Mary Belle Rafert, Ellen Jenkins and husband Tom and Charlotte Schmidt and husband Bob.

Bryce and Louise have four grandchildren, four step-grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Their grandchildren are Lyle’s children: Adam Worley, Matt Cotton, Eva Worley and Tony Cotton; Linda’s children: Mitch Klatka and Carissa Hostetler; and Aaron’s children: Brenden Worley and Michaela Worley. Bryce also has nine nephews and seven nieces.

Bryce’s parents preceded him in death—Clyde in November 1971 and Fae in December 2000.

The funeral service was held Feb. 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke with Pastor Gary Rahe officiating. Interment followed at the Holyoke Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Lutheran Hour or Zion Lutheran Church of Holyoke.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.