Obituaries

Everett Eldon Worrell

July 15, 1932 - August 29, 2022

Everett Eldon Worrell

Obituary

Everett Eldon Worrell, 90, of Belvidere died peacefully at home August 29, 2022.  He was born July 15, 1932 in DeKalb, Il. to Arthur and Norma (Westphal) Worrell. He married his college sweetheart Virginia Ann Brown on September 8, 1951. They met on a band trip while both attending Northern Illinois University. Everett enlisted in the Navy and served four years during the Korean War. After discharge he completed his degree in Education and began teaching Industrial Arts. He went on to obtain a Master’s Degree and an Administrative Certificate. After teaching many years at Jefferson High School in Rockford, he became principal at Rockford Area Vocational Center.
        He was an active member and Elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Belvidere. He taught Sunday school and was a leader in the Spirit Alive program. He was also a Gideon and had worked with CASA.
         Everett was active in the Boy Scouts for over 60 years achieving the Silver Beaver Award for service. He was an avid Cubs and Bears fan and supporter of the Belvidere Bucs and Belvidere North Blue Thunder teams. He coached BJT football, BYB baseball and softball where he was “Grandpa” to all the girls.
           Everett was interested in Genealogy and researching his family history. He loved traveling and working on puzzles. Everett loved his family and was very loved in return. He lived a faithful life and was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He will be sorely missed.
     Everett is preceded in death by his wife Virginia; parents; sister, Phyllis Holt; and infant children, Everett Jr. and daughter Deborah.
      He is survived by his daughter, Elizabeth Withee ( Raymond ); son, David ( Joanne ) Worrell; sister, Donna Fiorenza; granddaughters, Rebecca Girardin (Pete), Lydia Riley (Steve), Naomi Ziegler (Leo Gomez), Martha Ziegler, Margaret Friesema (Jim), Kathryn Hallstrom (Jamie), Joanie Gee (Jeremiah), Julie Brown (Charlie), Joy Drydahl (Mike); 24 great-grandchildren; 7 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
          Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church, 221 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL., 61008. Dr Rev. Kopp will officiate. The burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday September 6, 2022, at Scottish Argyle Cemetery in Caledonia, IL. Memorials in his honor to Gideons and to the church.  A special thank you to Northern Illinois Hospice for their great care and kindness. To light a candle, please visit www.andersonfcs.com.

Service Schedule

Friday, September 2, 2022
10:00 am - 11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church

815-544-6402

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church, 221 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL., 61008.

Friday, September 2, 2022
11:00 am

First Presbyterian Church

815-544-6402

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m., Friday, September 2, 2022, at the First Presbyterian Church, 221 North Main Street, Belvidere, IL., 61008. Dr Rev. Kopp will officiate.

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
10:00 am

The burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday September 6, 2022, at Scottish Argyle Cemetery in Caledonia, IL.

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My condolences on the passing of a great man and teacher. I was one of his students at Jefferson. I later learned that he and my father were acquaintances through The Craftsman Club, a club for printers. I learned a lot and he left an impression.

Thomas N Thompson 2022-09-05T14:41:10

I will remember my Dear Gideon Brother Ev for his laughter and for his smile. He was full of joy. He absolutely treasured all of you, his family. He loved the Lord with all his heart and his life was well lived.

How can I remember Ev without remembering his dear wife, Jinny? They were so good for each other. Every time we talked about Jinny after she was promoted to glory, tears would well up in his eyes. He absolutely adored Jinny.

Ev is with his Jinny in paradise now, and both are sorely missed here. I remember how Jinny was a strong woman of faith. When we were together, she would often comment that we must pray about this and would lead us in prayer right then. I will always remember Jinny’s sweet and gentle spirit.

I will always remember the way Ev prayed. It was like listening to him talk with his best friend. He had lifetime fellowship with his Lord and because of this, Ev had a joyful disposition and would joyfully share updates about all of you his precious family, including Dominic the Dominator!

The passage of Scripture that has comforted me the most when grieving for my loved ones is:

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (ESV)

The Coming of the Lord

13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 14 For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so, through Jesus, God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 15 For this we declare to you by a word from the Lord,4 that we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore encourage one another with these words.

Let us all be encouraged that God’s love endures forever. We are saved by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Because of Ev’s faith in His Savior, he is in glory and is infinitely happier than he ever was here on earth.

Every Saturday morning after praying with his Gideon brothers, Ev would order a huge famous cinnamon roll and would take half of it home to share. I have to wonder what special treat Ev is enjoying in heaven right now. We know it is sweeter than honey and I am sure that he would want to save this treat for all in his family. He would want all in his family to trust Jesus as their Savior so you may be able to join him in heaven.

May God give you His peace and comfort as you draw upon Him for your strength. May God bless you and keep you as you follow Him.

Shannon Tenney 2022-09-02T14:12:19

Sending prayers for strength and peace at this difficult time. You are in our thoughts. He was a giving,loving man and will be missed.

Pattie Rayphole 2022-09-02T06:15:39

Dear Beth and all of your Family,
Ron & I send prayers and love to all of you.
Your Father is with your Mom in Paradise. How happy they must be.♥️🙏

Judy Underwood 2022-09-01T18:02:40

Scott and I loved Ev and Ginny. They were great friends and leaders of the church. Well done good and faithful servants! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Lisa Zimber 2022-09-01T16:37:43

Sorry to her about Dave’s father. Our thoughts and prayers are with both of you. Shirley and Dave Frantz

shirley frantz 2022-09-01T10:53:04

We are so thankful for both Ev and Jinny. Ev was such a blessing in our lives. “Well done good and faithful servant.”

John and Judy Carmichael 2022-09-01T05:54:41

Sorry for your loss Dave

Deb & Scott 2022-08-31T15:12:24

So very sorry for your loss! Ev was a great man, leader, educator and spiritual leader! He gave a lot to so many! I can hear him saying, “ I’m going home!” He was a true blessing in our life!!

Pat Dobbins 2022-08-31T15:00:18

Ev was my 5th-grade Sunday School teacher at First Presbyterian Church 62 years ago! What a wonderful Christian role model! Thank you both Ev and Jinny!

Andy Crull 2022-08-31T14:41:42

My condolences to the Worrell family. Everett was a kind man. RIP.

Bill Holsker 2022-08-31T14:34:50

We are so sorry to hear about your dad. He was such a nice man. Thinking about you guys.

Cathy and Dave Gonet 2022-08-31T14:06:54

Dave & family,
Condolences on the passing of your father. May your memories keep you strong as you move forward during the difficult times ahead.

Roger & Sue Cadie 2022-08-31T13:20:38

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