Delbert T. Worcester, 92, a lifelong resident of North Ridgeville, passed away peacefully at Ames Family Hospice in Westlake on Tuesday April 21, 2020. Delbert was born on October 8, 1927 in North Ridgeville. He owned and operated Worcester Sales and Service, Inc., in North Ridgeville from 1952 to 1994. He was also a private pilot. Delbert enjoyed camping, gardening, farming, motorcycle and go kart racing, restoring engines, planes, and chainsaws. He was a Volunteer Fireman for North Ridgeville from 1952 to 1954. Delbert was a member of Fields United Methodist Church, Kiwanis, Nomads of the United Methodist Church, Lagrange Engine Club, North Ridgeville Historical Society, and the Experimental Aircraft Association. Volunteering wherever and whenever he could. Delbert learned to live life to the fullest at an early age. When he was three years old he survived being hit by a car, when he was 20 years old, he survived being thrown from a truck during an accident, and when he was 22 years old, he survived a single engine aircraft crash in the escarpment of Mongollon Rim in Arizona. He is survived by: His wife of 66 years, Shirley Worcester (nee Pallas); by his two sons, Tom Worcester, and Alan Worcester; three adopted sons, Gary Hogue, Barry Hogue, and Doug Hogue; and by four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by: his parents, John A. Worcester and Esther R. Worcester (nee Dair), and by his sister, Eleanor. Interment will be held Friday April 24, 2020 at Fields Cemetery in North Ridgeville at 11:30am . Rev. Tom Joyce will officiate. The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Fields United Methodist Church.
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