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William H. Worrell

William (Bill) H. Worrell, 96, of Medford, Ore. passed away Friday, November 6, 2015. William was born and raised in Little Rock, Ark.  from 1919-1941, by William (Pop) Worrell Sr. and Irene Worrell (White). Bill also had a sister, Darlene (Bea).

William graduated from North Little Rock High School in 1938 where he was known for his athletic ability as a runner.

William is one of the last of the WWII Veterans who served in the U.S. Army’s 206th Coast Artillery Unit in the Battle of Dutch Harbor, June 3-4, 1942, also known as the Aleutian Islands Campaign. William was a Technician Fifth Grade of the 182nd Medical Detachment Service Command Unit.

Upon his honorable discharge and return to Tacoma, Wash. Bill and Elizabeth were married in 1944. They made their home in that area for several years. Bill enjoyed fishing and worked at Les Davis Fishing Tackle Co. as a nickel plater. A few years later, he worked for Nalley and also at Washington cleaners for a short time. In 1955, Bill began work for Woods Coffee Co. that was eventually bought by Farmer Bros. Coffee Co. A few years later, Bill accepted an offer as District Manager in Great Falls, Mont. His job required traveling a lot and the harsh winter weather really took a toll on him and the family.

In 1968, Bill was offered a Branch Manager position in Medford, Ore. He retired in 1981.  Bill and Liz grew to love the Rogue Valley area and decided to make Medford their home.  During his retirement years, Bill and Liz enjoyed trailer camping trips on the Oregon lakes and coast. They also enjoyed traveling, especially flying to many exciting places, and cruises. Bill also loved classic cars and enjoyed his collection.

Bill is survived by his beloved wife of 71 years, Elizabeth (Liz) Worrell, 90, of Medford, Ore, as well as his four children: his son, William Worrell Jr. (Babe) of Tacoma, Wash.; his son, Daniel Worrell (Sandy) of Missoula, Mont.; his daughter, Joyce Worrell of Pompano Beach, Fla.; and his son, David Worrell of Eugene, Ore.; his grandsons, Tony, Rick, Terry, Trevor, Cameron, Travis, and Cody; and his seven great-grandchildren.

From very humble beginnings, Bill wanted to make sure that his wife, children, and grandchildren would have the best life that he could offer them. He was determined to finish well and he did!

An Honor Guard memorial service is planned for Bill in the spring, in the Tacoma, Washington area. The location and time are yet to be determined.

William H. Worrell