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Ronald S. "Ron" Worden

Ronald S. Worden      “lifelong farmer”

SHINGLEHOUSE, PA---Ronald S. “Ron” Worden, 93, of Shinglehouse, passed away with his loving family by his side on Monday, March 20, 2017 at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Born on March 24, 1923 in Bolivar, NY, he was a son of Ross L. and Lurena E. Stillman Worden.  On May 18, 1946 in Ceres, NY, he married Yvonne Bell, who passed away on April 25, 1994.  On February 17, 1996 in Olean, NY, he married Beverly Maxson Gross, who passed away November 25, 2002.

He was a graduate of Shinglehouse High School.  Ron was a World War II U.S. Army veteran having served as paratrooper in the 17th Airborne Division in France, Germany, Luxembourg, and Belgium and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

Ron was a self-employed dairy farmer working until the time of his death.

He was a member of Bell Run Union Church.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and trapping bobcats.

Surviving are five children, Ronda (Rich) Niver of Shinglehouse, William “Bill” (Donna) Worden of Shinglehouse, Cheryll (Riley) Rawson of East Hampton, NY, Pam (Alan) Cornelius of Shinglehouse, and Barry (Loretta) Gross of Shinglehouse; five grandchildren, Chris (Eva) Worden, Scott (Zoe) Rawson, Riley (Rosa) Rawson, Cari (Kurt) Babcock, and Bobi Krajewski; twelve great-grandchildren; a brother, Robert (Ruth) Worden of Shinglehouse; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wives, Ron was predeceased by a grandson, Michael S. Graham; and two sisters, Opal Higgins and Dawn Prince.

Friends may call from 6pm to 8pm on Wednesday and from 9am to 11am on Thursday, March 23, 2017 at the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, 118 South Union Street, Shinglehouse, where funeral services will follow at 11am with the Rev. Chad E. Shaffer, pastor of Bell Run Union Church, officiating.  Burial will be in Bell Run Cemetery.

In lieu flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Thursday.

To express condolences or share a fond memory of Ron, please visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com



Bill, after seeing the wonderful video of your father, I am in tears,..just wanted to express my sadness that I also will feel someday when my own fathers work is finished here on earth. Psalms 116 verse 15 says that...Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints..Jesus said that he is going to prepare a place for his people and by reading the condolences left Your father surely is one of those people. god bless your entire family

Trey Bosson Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Worden

Doug, Kim Bell and and family in Montana. Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

We were so sorry to hear of uncle Ron's passing and want to convey our deepest sympathy at this time to his family, especially to Bill, Rhonda, and Cheryl. Your Dad was such a steady man in his life and one with whom most could sit down and have a good conversation with. I will miss those talks, and stories. He will forever be a hero in my eyes, as a WW II veteran, a farmer, and a Christian. Good-by Uncle Ron, and rest in peace until we meet again.

Doug and Kim Bell and family Mar 23 2017 12:00 AM

Ron was one of the kindest most interesting men that spoke with a quiet voice to tell a story or give a recipe out. Every year Dick makes Ron's famous "Apple Jack". Ron is truly one of the Greatest Generation. A wonderful man walked this earth and left great footsteps we should all follow.

Cheryl Bryant Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

"The greatest gift you can give someone is your time." Ron did just that. A great man, full of great stories. A larger than life man who you couldn't help but look up to. A man who gave acceptance and understanding without hesitation. Although my time with him came late and was too short, it was so easy to form a bond and to learn life lessons that can only be taught by example. Ron's values, morals and outlook on life will stay with me forever. I have a feeling that everyone who came in contact with Ron walked away with a lesson and a smile, I know I did. Anyone would be proud to call such a high caliber man their grandfather, I know I am. May he rest in peace with the same honor with which he lived.

Clinton & Tracy Burrows Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

Cheryl, I fondly remember both your mom and dad when I used to stay overnight with you when we were kids. Both of your parents were so kind. I especially remember that your dad was a handy guy. My dad never was. On one visit to your house, you and I were going ice skating. Your dad took my skates and sharpened the blades for me. I was so impressed that he could do that! It was so caring and thoughtful that he did do it. It's hard losing our parents. My prayers are with you.

Cynthia Bell Mar 22 2017 12:00 AM

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A PEDESTAL ARRANGEMENT was sent on March 21, 2017

Ron, May the Lord welcome you home with open arms. We will miss you with all our hearts. Gene and Tamara Graham

Expression of Sympathy Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Ronald Worden

Dave and Kathy Garrity. Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

We are so very sorry to hear of Ron passing. Ron was a wonderful man and will be missed by so many. You all are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dave and Kathy Garrity. Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss.

Becky Austin Mar 21 2017 12:00 AM

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