Richard E. Wortley

February 1, 2019

Richard E. “Dick” Wortley, 71, of Dubuque, Iowa passed away on February 1, 2019 at Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital, surrounded by his family.

Funeral service will be at 5:00 p.m. Monday, February 4th, 2019 at Leonard Funeral Home & Crematory, 2595 Rockdale Road with Fr. Kevin Goodrich officiating and military honors accorded by American Legion Post #6. Family and friends may visit after 4:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home until time of service.

Dick was born on February 27, 1947 in Dubuque, Iowa the son of George and Dorothy (Jones) Wortley, Sr. He is a United States Army Veteran serving two tours in Germany from 1964 to 1973 and completed his service at Camp David.

He married Nancy Kettering on December 5, 1992 in Dubuque.

Dick worked as a carpenter most of his life, he was self-employed in South Carolina and also in Dubuque. In 1985 he took a position at Dubuque Greyhound Park as Assistance Maintenance Director.  He was lastly employed with Quad Graphics retiring in 2012.

He enjoyed all sports, he was an avid golfer, bowler and was a great pool shot.

Dick found humor in every situation, he was very devoted to his family and will be miss by all who knew and loved him

He is survived by his wife Nancy; one son Richard (Stephanie) Wortley Jr., of Nashville, TN, five grandchildren, Dallas, Taylor, Brayden, Nolan, and Allison. Two great grandchildren Alexander and Olivia. One sister Jean (Melvin) Key, of Dubuque. Father and mother-in-law Theron and Alice Nothaft; brothers and sisters-in-law Steve (Colleen) Kettering, of Dubuque, Pam (Norm) Thompson, of Marion, IA, Michael Kettering, of Dubuque, and Dave (Jenny) Kettering, of East Dubuque, IL, and Thelma Wortley of Dubuque along with numerous nieces and nephews.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, George Wortley Jr, Jack Wortley, Patricia “Pat” (Bob) Edminster, Bill Wortley, Jim Wortley, and Robert Wortley in infancy.

In lieu of flowers a Richard E. Wortley memorial fund was established.

The family wishes to extend very special thank you to the entire staff of Unity Point Health, Finley Hospital especially the ICU and 5th Floor nursing staff along with Dr. Ronald Schope for all their wonderful care and compassion they gave to Dick and his family.   

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