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Gary Grant Worden , age 79 of Packwaukee passed away peacefully on Sunday, January 13, 2019 at his home. Gary was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin on January 2, 1940 to William and Margaret (Goplan) Worden. After several moves during his youth, he graduated from high school in Tipton, Indiana and went on to serve his country as a member of the United States Navy. Following his honorable discharge, Gary settled in Rockford, Illinois. Gary married Cheryl (Fritzel) Halbrader on December 20, 1969 and together they worked in the Rockford area until moving to their home on Buffalo Lake in 1982. Cheryl preceded him in death on February 23, 2014.
Gary was employed at Brakebush Brothers as well as Alkar in Lodi. He enjoyed fishing, going to casinos and trips to Chetek with Donna. Gary had the gift to talk to anyone and will be remembered for his ability to fix anything.
Gary is survived by his special friend, Donna Swartz and four children: Steve (Kathy) Halbrader, Jim (Cathy) Halbrader both of Loves Park, IL, Kevin (Norma) Worden of San Diego, CA and Kelly (Karen) Worden of Elgin, IL as well as Donna’s sons: Terry (Anke), Tim (Rebecca) and Travis (Jean). He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Sarah (Chris), Bethany, Scott (Emily), Kaitlyn, Nicholas, Tyler and Madelyn as well as great-grandchildren: Londyn, Elizabeth and twins on the way. He is also survived by brother, Ron (Renee) and sister, Linda Delph and brother-in-law, James (Janet) Fritzel. Gary is further survived by nieces and nephews: Dana, Michael, Jimmy, Tamera and Damian as well as other extended family members.
Gary is preceded in death by his parents, wife, Cheryl, nephew, Jonathan Fritzel and niece, Debbie Worden.
A Celebration of Gary’s Life will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank Dr. Lisa LePeak and her team as well as the Indigo Team from Agrace Hospice for their compassionate care.
Crawford Funeral and Cremation Service of Montello and Oxford is honored to be serving the family. www.CrawfordFH.com
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