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Perry Ellis Worcester, age 101 A½ of Martel passed away Friday morning, September 21st at DeWolfe House in Marion. He was born in El Paso TX, as the son of Vernon J. & Edna Mae (Sommerlot) Worcester. On September 29th, 1941 he married Helen L. Goldsmith. Helen preceded Perry in death on April 19th, 1991. Perry was a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and saw combat in the Rhineland Campaign and the Battle of the Bulge, for which he earned three Bronze Stars. Before entering the service Perry worked at various occupations including the Southern Pacific Railroad in Texas and door - to - door grocery delivery. He was employed as a machinist for Marion Power Shovel for 35 years. . At home he took great pride in his vegetable garden and enjoyed a good game of pool. Perry was a member of Caledonia American Legion Post 401, VFW Post 7201 in Marion, the Marion Power Shovel 25 year Club and the Martel United Methodist Church. Perry leaves behind his loving family, Butch & Marge Worcester of Caledonia and Joyce & John Tyner of Fort Wayne Indiana. Six grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He also leaves behind his special nephews Jim Worcester of Marion and John Goldsmith of Galion. His special nieces were Pansy Blankenship of Martel, Joanne Zeigler of Galion and MaeBelle Berresford of Casa Grande, TX. and many other nieces, nephews and cousins. Perry was preceded in death by his brothers Clyde Worcester, Gerald Worcester, Elvin Connelle and his sister Laverne Ward. Funeral services for Perry will be conducted 11:00 am Monday morning September 24th, at the Timson Allen & Melroy Funeral Home in Caledonia with Pastor Yvonne Hechler officiating. Interment will follow in Caledonia Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 2 - 5. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Martel United Methodist Church or the Marion Area Humane Society.
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