Dr. Charles A. Worley, 85, of Gladstone, died Wednesday, May 27, 2009.
Arrangements are under the direction of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Sweet Springs. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 31, at the funeral home, 204 Ruby St. in Sweet Springs. A memorial service will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 1, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs. Family and friends are invited to food and fellowship at the church following burial with full military honors in Fairview Cemetery. Memorial contributions are suggested to Immanuel Lutheran Church in Sweet Springs or University of Missouri School of Medicine.
He was born July 18, 1923, to Charles Henry and Genevieve Bear Worley in Marshall. He attended Sweet Springs public schools and attended college at University of Missouri in Columbia. He served in the U.S. Army in the Philippines during World War II, at 174th Field Station Hospital, which served men who survived the Bataan Death March. He married Maxine Jeanette Frerking on Sept. 30, 1946. He received a Bachelor of Science in Medicine from University of Missouri in 1950 and continued training at Case Western Reserve in Cleveland, from which he received a medical degree in 1952. He completed postgraduate work at Kansas City General Hospital No. 1. He and Dr. Paul Roberts began a family medical practice in 1953 in Sweet Springs, above Whitsitt's Drug Store, which continued until 1974. He served for many years as chief of staff at Sweet Springs Community Hospital, which he helped established in 1960. He delivered an estimated 1,500 babies. In 1989, the Worley's moved to Lake of the Ozarks, where he practiced at Gunn Clinic from 1989-1992. He helped found Westlake Medical Center in Laurie in October 1992. His greatest joy was caring for his patients in Sweet Springs and at the Lake of the Ozarks. He retired in July 2006. His professional affiliations and accomplishments include member of University of Missouri Medical Alumni Association, including Board of Governors member from 1969-1976; preceptor for University of Missouri in Community Health and Medical Practice (General Practice) beginning in 1955; member of Missouri Academy of Family Physicians, 1953 to present, serving as president of the organization in 1976; member of American Academy of Family Physicians, 1966 to present, serving as vice president from 1985-1986 and as treasurer from 1987-1990; member of Missouri State Medical Association, 1953 to present; member of American Medical Association, 1953 to present; member of Pettis County Medical Society, beginning in 1954. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and past chairman of the congregation, and past president of the Lions Club and Sweet Springs Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Elks Lodge in Laurie and University Club in Kansas City. He also was a member of the board of directors of Chemical Bank (now First Community Bank). Other interests included automobiles, jazz music, hunting, boating and fishing. He was a life member of the Mizzou Alumni Association, lifelong Missouri Tiger fan and Tiger Scholarship Fund supporter for 25 years.
Survivors include his wife, Maxine, of the home in Gladstone; three children, Charles Robert "Bob" Worley and his wife, Karen Sue Flandermeyer Worley, of Columbia, Virginia Ann Poehlman of Columbia and Nancy Jane Thompson and her husband, Randall Dean Thompson, of Gladstone; six grandchildren, Charles Christopher "Chris" and John Robert Worley, Nell Michelle and Elizabeth Jeanette "Betsy" Poehlman and Charles Loren "Chas" and Randall Jacob "Jake" Thompson.
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