Joseph Worland

Obituary of Joseph Worland

Joseph D. Worland, age 93, late of Romeoville, passed away peacefully, Monday, February 6, 2017 at Senior Star of Romeoville.

He was born September 28, 1923 in Neoga, IL, to Thomas S. and Florence (Hunk) Worland, and was raised in Joliet. In his youth he was a Golden Glove boxer. He joined the United States Navy and served three years during World War II, with time aboard the USS Core.

Joe worked as a maintenance welder for 38 years with Material Service and later Fisher Body.

Following the Navy he took up archery and was a nationally ranked archer. His true athletic passion, however, was tennis, which he began playing at the age of 42. He also taught tennis at Joliet Tennis Club, Lockport Racquet Team, and coached tennis at Lewis University for one year. He was also an avid square dancer and ping pong player.

He married the love of his life, Helen Louise (Kachelhoffer) Worland, and together they raised their family in Romeoville and Plainfield. Helen preceded him in death in 1987. Joe retired to Arizona where he lived until returning to Romeoville six years ago.

Joe was the proud father of seven children who survive, Karen (Vincent) Masterson of Shorewood, Jean (Timothy) Sullivan of Lockport, Kevin (Peggy) Worland of Joliet, Brad (Dawn) Worland of Nashville, TN, Patrick (Laurie) Worland of Hammond, IN, Russell (Phyllis) Worland of Joliet, and Thomas Worland of Joliet. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Louis (Doris) Worland of Port Orchard, WA; one sister, Angela (Edward) O'Connor of Wilmington; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded by his wife; parents; three brothers, Frank, Chuck and Thomas; and three sisters, Mildred Banas, Catherine Cuttie, and Mary Worland.

A Memorial Mass for Joseph D. Worland will be celebrated Friday, February 10, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 600 N. Brookforest Drive, Shorewood. Interment will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of a memorial, the family would be honored for you to plant a tree in his memory. Visitation will be held Thursday, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Fred C. Dames Funeral Home, 3200 Black at Essington Roads, Joliet. For more information, please call (815) 741-5500 or visit his Memorial Tribute at