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  • Visitation:  2-4 pm Sunday
  • Funeral:  1:00 pm  Monday

Paul William Worden, age 94, of Greenville, passed away late Thursday evening at Spectrum Health-Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. The son of Frank & Laura (Johnson) Worden, he was born on Jan. 15, 1915 in Fenwick, the second of four children.

Paul attended country school and graduated in 1933 from Sheridan Agricultural High School where he played football. He then attended what is now Central Michigan University. On October 23, 1937 he married Beatrice Anna Johnson on the farm that was their home for over 65 years.

Paul farmed the land he loved and also worked at the former Ranney Refrigerator Company for 23 years. In retirement, Paul and Bea spent 17 winters in south Texas where they made many new friends. Paul was a longtime member of the Danish Brotherhood Society, Stanton Star Masonic Lodge No. 250 F&AM, and St. Paul Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Helen McGowan, and her husband Howard;  a brother, Robert Worden, and his wife Beatrice; a sister-in-law, Evelyn Christensen and her husband Lavern; and two brothers-in-law, Frank Wilson and Leo Block.

Surviving are his wife of almost 72 years, Beatrice Worden; their children, Karene & Ronald Cooper of Sheridan, Connie & Gary Howes of Grand Rapids, and Thomas & Barbara Worden of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Shelly Reynolds, Tom Swindell, Amy Taft, Micah Swindell, Kim Simmons, Williams Howes, Ryan Worden; two step-grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; four step-great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

Also surviving are a sister, Phebe Wilson of Sheridan; a sister-in-law, Sheila Block of Greenville; and many, many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, 2009 at the Brown-Teman & Christiansen Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 511 S. Franklin Street, Greenville, with Pastor Betsy Kamphuis of St. Paul Lutheran Church officiating. Burial will take place privately at South Sidney Cemetery.

Visitation is Sunday from 2-4 p.m. at the funeral home, where envelopes for memorial contributions are available.

The family would like to thank the staff at Fountain View of Lowell for the kind and compassionate care Paul received as he made his journey with Alzheimers disease these past two years. His family takes great comfort in knowing that Paul would have said that the first 90 years were great he had a loving family, many friends, worked hard — yet enjoyed life.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Pauls online guest book, or to share a favorite memory, please click the “Sign Guest Book” link above.


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  1. Anonymous on October 15, 2009 at 12:00 am


    10/19/2009 –

    Julie Anderson

    Dear Family Members, I am saddened by your loss. What a special human being. My sincerest condolences.

    10/19/2009 –

    Darryl Gladding Julie Johnson

    Sorry about your loss. We are thinking of you and know how it is. He was a great person who we have many good memories of from our childhood. Neither one of are feeling very good this week as old age has set in so could not make it today. Love ya!! Juliebean.

    10/18/2009 –

    Mark Ravell

    Bea, thinking of you and your family. Richard Ravell Ken & Becky Ravell Mark & Gail Ravell

    10/18/2009 –

    Patty and Ron Millis

    Dear Bea and Family, We are so sorry for your loss. It was nice to be able to reconnect with you at Fountain View. Paul was always so friendly, and pleasant to be with. I enjoyed our visits, and I know Dad appreciated you stopping by to see him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ron & Patty (McGowan) Millis

    10/17/2009 –

    Charlene & Larry Vos

    Our sincere condolences. Sorry we cannot be in Greenville for visitation. Our thoughts are with Beatrice and family.

    10/17/2009 –

    Michael and Nancy (Mumaw) Schreiner

    Our deepest condolences.

    10/17/2009 –

    Sally (Heaton) Ryan

    I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love and miss you guys.

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    10/17/2009 –

    Carma Fingleton

    Dear Karene, Connie, Tom, and families, Laurie let us know about your dad’s passing. We send our deepest sympathies. We know how much you will miss him, since we also lost our dad this year. I remember talking with him and Aunt Bea at Fountain View, when he remembered who I was….and how they both would stop at dad’s room and visit about the old days, and family get togethers and farming. He was always kind and had a smile for everyone. I also have memories of visits to your farm….I can still picture it in my mind. Hold on to the good memories and share stories with your children. We will be praying for you and your families. I will try to stop and see Aunt Bea next time I am in Michigan. Sincerely, Carma & George Fingleton

    10/17/2009 –

    Fred Walkington

    Dear Bea, Karene, Connie and Tom;
    We know it is sad to lose someone who has been in your heart like a husband/father.
    It seems that Paul and Bea were friends of my folks for all my life. I think of the cook outs the gang used to have on holidays, the card games they would get together and play and, of course, the DBS dances.
    Just wanted to let you know that Jane and I are thinking of you at this time.
    Fred and Jane Walkington

    10/16/2009 –

    Jeff and Michelle Nitengale

    We are sorry to hear of Mr. Worden’s passing. He was a neat man and we enjoyed visiting with him and Mrs. Worden a few years ago, where he filled us up on peanut butter balls. We appreciate his willingness to rent his land to us. Thinking of your family during this time.

    10/16/2009 –

    David and Lorri McGowan

    Dear Family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing and want you all to know that you’re all in our prayers. Our families have been connected for many years and the memories are flooding my mind as I recall all the times we shared. We are so glad that our dad and your folks had some time together at Fountain View. We will be praying for you as you go through these difficult days.
    David and Lorri

    10/16/2009 –

    Mary Ann Nugent

    My deepest condolences to you and your family during this time. You are in my prayers.

    Ann Zoellner

    Dear Connie, You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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