Robert Dwayne Worthen

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Robert Dwayne Worthen

<p><i>Former State Representative Robert D. Worthen, 77, died peacefully at his home in Oklahoma City on Monday. Worthen served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives from 1986-2004 where he loyally served the people of our state and worked every day to improve the lives of his constituents.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Worthen was the first child born to Robert Earl and Phyllis June Worthen on June 6, 1947. Robert Earl was a World War II veteran who served in the United States Navy, and he frequently moved his family of four children around Oklahoma and Texas in search of steady employment after the war. Worthen always found a way to make friends and fit in everywhere they went, eventually graduating from Edmond Memorial High School before attending the University of Oklahoma.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>During and after college, Worthen worked as a local model and actor. He appeared in numerous catalogs, publications, plays and productions. One of his favorite roles was that of an old west gunfighter at Frontier City, where he and his fellow actors would stage gun battles throughout the park and even “rob the train.”</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Worthen started his own business in the late 1970’s. Knight Service was a commercial janitorial service that helped provide for his family until he sold the business in 2012 after the death of his longtime business partner, Rita Schumacher.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Worthen was married to Casey (Lester) in 1979, and they welcomed their first child (Trebor) in 1980. Daughter Emily joined the family in 1985. Worthen was incredibly proud of his children and loved them tremendously, always willing to play, go somewhere, or simply sit and visit. Trebor and Emily are filled with fond memories they will cherish for the rest of their lives.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Elected to the state legislature in 1986, Worthen quickly established a reputation as a pro-business, low-tax Republican. He was well-liked and greatly respected by colleagues in both political parties, passing bipartisan legislation regularly throughout his 18-year career. Worthen considered it the honor of a lifetime to serve his state.</i></p><p><i>Somewhere along the way, Worthen became an avid collector of coins and old toy soldiers. He would travel to “toy shows” and “coin shows” to buy, sell and trade endless coins and figurines. Many remember these items on display at his home and office. Despite their inherent value, it always gave Worthen great joy to allow young children to pick them up and play with them.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Worthen was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in the summer of 2011. He went many years when the symptoms did not disrupt his daily life, but eventually the disease began to take a toll. As his grandchildren grew, he lamented his physical limitations and yearned to run and rough-house with the young boys just as he did with his own children.</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Worthen is survived by his son, Trebor (Jenna); his daughter, Emily (Tyler); brother, Timothy Worthen (Cheryl); sisters, Sharon Hughes and Laura Bach (Bob); and grandchildren, Robert (10), Jake (8), Baylor (8), June (4) and Blake (2).</i></p><p><i><br></i></p><p><i>Memorial services will be held at Cornerstone United Methodist Church in Oklahoma City this Thursday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m.</i></p><p><br><br></p><p><br></p>
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John & Lesa Smaligo

June 15, 2024

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We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. We lost Johns dad a few weeks ago, so we fully understand the pain. Prayers for your family.
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Glenda Lester Short

June 13, 2024

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Robert, you will be missed by many. Our hearts are heavy. Sending love and peace to Emily and Trebor and other family members. Aunt Glenda
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June 12, 2024

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June 11, 2024

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June 11, 2024

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Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family during this time. Jared and Mindy Mason
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June 11, 2024

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June 11, 2024

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