Leland Dale Worthington, 79, of Kirksville, Missouri, passed away Thursday, July 28th, 2022, at his home under the care of Hospice Compassus and with his family by his side.
Born April 13th, 1943, in Adair County, Missouri, Leland was the son of Isom Worthington and Ethel (Worthington) Clubine. He grew up in Novinger, Missouri, and spent much of his early adulthood working; whether it was with his stepfather on the farm, at the local creamery, or in various factories including the Shoe factory and Glove factory in Kirksville . He later moved to Bloomfield, Iowa, where he met his future wife, Nellie Worthington. The two were united in marriage on April 15th, 2004, in Unionville, Missouri.
Leland was a proud individual who took pride in his heritage. He followed in his mother’s footsteps and owned and operated various rental properties throughout his later years. He loved pets, particularly the many dogs he rescued and cared for throughout his life. He enjoyed a special relationship with each of them. He enjoyed spending time with his family, visiting with friends and local restaurant patrons, attending auctions, collecting and working on old automobiles, shooting his many guns, and going for relaxing drives through the country on warm afternoons.
Leland is survived by his wife of 18 years, Nellie Worthington of Kirksville; three daughters, Linda Jo Worthington and son-in-law, Tom Jones, Tanya Hopkins, and Stephanie Hopkins, all of Kirksville; one son, Clinton Worthington and daughter-in-law, Crystal of Hurdland, MO; and six grandchildren, Danielle, Kayley, Clinton Jr., Ashley, Cameron, and Carson Worthington; as well as great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Leland was a loyal husband and devoted father. He will be dearly missed by his family.
He was preceded in death by his father, Isom Worthington; his mother and stepfather, Ethel and Dean Clubine; his brother, Roland Worthington; and his sister, Cenie Sizemore.
A visitation will be from 11 to 12 p.m. Wednesday, August 3rd, 2022 at Davis-Playle-Hudson-Rimer Funeral home in Kirksville. The funeral service will follow at 12 p.m. with Evan Foreman officiating. Burial will be at Maple Hills Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy in memory of Leland Worthington may be made to Hospice Compassus or the Adair County Humane Society.