Wendell Harvey Worthington
Wendell was born on April 6, 1920 in Burley, Idaho to Emma Zender Worthington and John Percy Worthington. He attended grade school in Declo and graduated high school in Burley. He furthered his education at Albion Normal School and Boise Junior College earning a degree in Civil Engineering.
On August 17, 1941 he married Wilda Ellen Johnson in Burley, Idaho. They were married for 66 years. They resided in Oakley and Boise. In 1945, Wendell enlisted in the United States Navy and served on the USS Iowa battleship. In 1947, they moved to Twin Falls, Idaho.
Wendell purchased a small family grocery store, “Truck Lane Market”, which he and his wife owned and operated for 23 years. He also worked for Sunset Memorial Park for many years and at age 80 retired from there.
Wendell had a love for all his horses and mules all of them he broke and trained. In 1978, he won the National Cutting Horse Open Championship for Idaho. He worked with many Rodeo Queens and offered his horse for their competitions. He also taught packing and knot tying classes at CSI. He loved all hunting and fishing. His favorite was the annual elk hunting packing trips. In his later years his passion was making incredible pack saddles (designed by himself). These were sold throughout the United States; not to mention his unique cane making. Wendell had many favorite sayings, and great sense of humor. Wendell and Wilda taught dance lessons in their home for 25 years. He knew the first four words of every country song and the rest was tra..la..la. He also loved the annual family camping trips.
Wendell will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Wendell is survived by his children, Judy Cole (James Mason) of Auburn, Indiana; Renae (Randy) Lee of Boise, Idaho; and Gary (Tami) Worthington of Twin Falls; also surviving are 8 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild; 5 step-grandchildren; 10 step grandchildren and 3 step great-great grandchildren. Also surviving is his sister, Dorothy Norton of Pocatello, Idaho. He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilda; his mother, Emma Worthington; his father, John Percy Worthington; his brothers, Lyle, Rex, John, Dale and Don Worthington.
A celebration of Wendell’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2013 at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison Ave. East, Twin Falls with Scott Brown officiating. A private family burial will take place at Sunset Memorial Park. A gathering for friends and family will take place on Thursday evening from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. as well as from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the services at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Services are under the direction of Trent Stimpson and staff at Reynolds Funeral Chapel, Twin Falls.
Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.reynoldschapel.com.