LEWISTON — Robert “Randy” Worthley, 64, of Albion Road, Winslow passed away on Saturday, May 8, at Central Maine Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
He was born in Hawthorne, Nev., Sept. 6, 1945, the son of Eugene and Dorothy (Leighton) Worthley. Eugene was a captain in the Marine Corps and was stationed at Hawthorne Naval Ammunition Depot at the time of Randy’s birth.
Randy graduated from Mexico High School, Mexico, in 1963. He went on to work for Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford for several years. In 1965, he was drafted during the Vietnam Conflict but chose to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps for three years. He completed his basic training in Parris Island, S.C. He served in many countries during his enlistment, most notably serving 13 months in the Republic of Vietnam. While serving in Khe Sanh, he contracted malaria and was wounded twice. He received the “Presidential Unit Citation” for extraordinary heroism as well as a “Purple Heart” but because of the extremely dangerous location, the presentations could not be made. In April 1983, when asked where he wanted his Purple Heart medal formally presented to him, he chose the MacCrillis-Rousseau VFW Post in Winslow.
After his discharge in 1968, he returned to his hometown of Mexico and resumed his position at Oxford Paper Co. He married his soul mate, Carol Moreau on Sept. 6, 1969, at St. Rose de Lima Church in Chisholm. After exiting the church the guests sang “Happy Birthday” to him. In 1971, he enrolled in the electrical program at CMVTI in Auburn. In 1975, he received his master electrician’s license and worked in this field until his retirement.
He has always been known as a “veteran’s advocate” who worked tirelessly from discharge to present to see that all veterans’ needs were fulfilled. He has been a dedicated volunteer for many years at the Veterans Hospital in Togus. He became a member of the VFW while serving overseas. Over the years, he held many leadership positions, attaining the highly honorable position of VFW State of Maine Commander in 2004. He was later chosen National Buddy Poppy Chairman and served on several other national committees. He was elected as commander of his post for five separate terms.
He was a lifetime member of the Winslow VFW, the Waterville American Legion Post 5, the Disabled American Veterans, the Khe Sanh Veterans, and the Skowhegan-Madison Elks.
He was an avid outdoorsman from early childhood, enjoying hunting and fishing throughout the year. Many happy outings were enjoyed at the family camp in Oquossoc.
Perhaps his most endearing quality was his ability to strike up a conversation with a complete stranger as though he had known them for a lifetime. He was a loyal friend and was loved by many. From the age of five, he was a devoted New York Yankees fan.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Worthley of Winslow; his two daughters and their husbands, Lori Gerencer and Tim, of North Yarmouth and their children Alyssa and Alex, and Amy Meader and Lance of Falmouth and their children Jace and Jaelyn; two sisters, Diane Haines and husband, Roger, of Camden and their children Chris Haines and Tanya Kibler, and Deborah Henson and Mark of Loveland, Colo., and their children Wesley and Natalie Henson.
He was predeceased by his parents.