John W. Kenworthy

John W. Kenworthy, 87, of Kewaskum, formerly of Newton, Iowa, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2007, at the Samaritan Health Center in West Bend.

He was born on March 21, 1920, in Monroe County, Iowa, the son of the late Mark and Mary Catherine (Curran) Kenworthy.

On Nov. 25, 1953, he was united in marriage to Wilma Haseltine and the couple made their home in Newton, Iowa.

John proudly served his country in the U.S. Army 14th Armored Division during World War II.

He was employed as an engineer for the Maytag Co., retiring after 35 years of service.

John was a former member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton and the Elks Lodge 1270 of Newton.

In 2005, John and Wilma moved to Kewaskum.

Wilma preceded John in death on Jan. 30, 2007.

Survivors include three children, Linda (Leonard) Vitiritto of Arizona, Mary Kay (Brad) Speaks of Independence, Mo. and John D. (Denise) Kenworthy of Kewas-kum; six grandchildren, Mark and Mike Mazzie, Ciera (Ben) Rhoades, Nathan Kenworthy (Jade Zadrazil), Dylan and Ian Kenworthy; a great-granddaughter, Victoria Kenworthy, who was Johnís pride and joy; a brother, Chuck (Lavonne) Kenworthy of Loveland, Colo.; other relatives and friends.

In addition to his wife and parents, John was preceded in death by nine brothers and sisters.

A funeral service for John will be held at 6 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, at the Miller Funeral Home in Kewaskum.

Reverend David Schoob and Father Rick Wendell will officiate, and military honor rites will follow the service.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday in Washington County Memorial Park in West Bend.

Relatives and friends may call on Friday at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service.

Memorials to the American Cancer Society are appreciated.

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Johnís family extends a heartfelt thank you to the first floor staff of the Samaritan Health Center for being Johnís second family and to Heartland Hospice for the tender care provided to him.