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Donald C. Worman

August 5, 2019

DeSoto – Donald Carl Worman 86, Passed away peacefully on July 20th, 2019 at Gundersen Health System with family at his side.

He was born Nov. 14, 1932 to Carl and Ruth (Sidie) Worman and grew up on the family farm in rural DeSoto. After high school he joined the Army and was stationed in Japan during the Korean War.

In 1954 he married Diane Stilwell and together they had five children. After his service he and Diane bought a farm just down the road from his folks. Besides farming Don also held other jobs including Allis Chalmers, Mt. La Crosse, he was foreman for the outside hill crew for 25 years and had rural mail route for 8 years.

Though Dad was busy he did find time for his passion of hunting and fishing. Over the years he had hunted with his children, grandchildren, nephews and other relatives. There are so many great stories, like the one where the duck flew away with the glove. Fishing- this is where Dad’s patience really paid off. Besides pole fishing he taught us to spear carp, ice fish and set lines (that one was too much work). Of course something is always going to happen and well it did, like the time Karla was pushing off the boat and fell in the water. OK, not bad , but she couldn’t swim and we all just yelling for her not to get het watch wet or she would be in trouble. We finally got her back into the boat. Oh yeah then there was the canoeing. Enough said on that. He was a believer in what you take from the land you return, we learned that when we had to go plant over 100 trees. Dad was a great mentor and had the weirdest since of humor, but it always kept us going.

Dad will be missed greatly by family and any who had got to spend time with him.

He is survived by his wife Diane of 65 years, four children, Alynn ( Ray) Graves, Karen Worman, Dawn (Tom) Worman-Cook and Todd (Jane) Worman, 15 grandchildren, 30 great grandchildren, sister Margaret(Peggy) Cox, many nieces, nephews and in-laws. He was preceded in death by his parent, daughter Karla Sickles, grandson Daniel DeFlorian, brother, Paul and sister’s Betty Hanson and Janet Stilwell.

We would like to thank the nurses and palliative care team on the 6thfloor of Gundersen Health System and the Coulee Region Cremation Group for all their assistance.



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