Raymond Richard ‘Dick’ Worth of Vassar, age 72, passed away at home at 9:00 p.m. on February 17, 2019. Dick was born on January 20, 1947, in Sikeston, Missouri to his late parents Valley Brooks and Julie Bell Rettig Worth. He moved to Michigan at the age of 12 and began working at local dairy farms. At the age of 18, he took a position at General Motors and retired after 30 years. Dick was an avid entrepreneur, first building a family business, Worth Construction, and then turning his hobbies and passions into other professions including Horizon Aviation and Double D Ranch.
Dick is survived by the love his life and wife of 52 years, Dorothy Worth; his son, Valley Ray (Tammy); daughters: Amy Elizabeth and Sarah Renae (TJ DeKett): grandchildren: Taylor, Nichole, Jacob, Elizabeth, Lemmy and great-grandchild, Jaxson; brother, Bill Worth of Florida and life-long best friend, Terry Coutcher. He is preceded in death by twelve siblings.
Dick was a hard-working man and a loving father. He had a passion for flying airplanes and helicopters, his favorite being his Jet Ranger helicopter. He loved to care for his cattle at the Double D Ranch, often calling them his babies. His family and friends will always remember him as the legendary man he was.
A memorial service is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, February 23, 2019, at Penzien Steele Funeral Home, 149 N. Main St. in Vassar with a luncheon to follow at Fraternal Order of Eagles. The Rev. David Wermuth will officiate. The family will greet friends from 11a.m. until the time of the service. Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be sent to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation or McLaren Hospice.