Edward G. Wormsbecker, 87, Minot, formerly of the Towner area, passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at Trinity Hospital in Minot.
Edward G. "Eddie" Wormsbecker was born April 6, 1926, in North Dakota. At age 3, he was adopted by his uncle and aunt, Jacob and Rose Wormsbecker. He was raised and educated in Towner, graduating from Towner High School in 1944.
Eddie enlisted in the U.S. Army on Oct. 24, 1944. He proudly served his country during World War II in the European African Middle Eastern Theater. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 10, 1946.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, Eddie returned to Towner to ranch.
Eddie married Carol A. (Lazier) Kreis in March 1973. From this union, four children were born: Barbara, Ann, Jacqueline, and Candy. They made their home on a ranch south of Towner, where they ranched until selling it in 1979. He then worked various jobs such as a ranch hand and at Gunter Honey. Eddie and Carol later divorced. In 1999, he moved to Velva and in 2009 he moved to Trinity Homes in Minot.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Towner, and the Velva American Legion Post #39.
He enjoyed hunting, trapping, fishing, woodworking, and taxidermy.
Surviving family includes: children, Ann (Chris) Geiger, Bismarck, Jacqueline "Kita" Wormsbecker, Minot, and Candy Wormsbecker, Minot; stepchildren, Carolyn Merbach, Bismarck, and Robert Kreis, Jr., Minot; grandchildren, Cheyenne and Allison Haman, Everett and Connor Roberts, and Chloe Heinze; half brother, Don Halseth, Minot; as well as 15 half siblings; lifelong friends, Shorty Thorson and Gerry Hales; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Eddie was preceded in death by: his parents; best friend, Carol (who passed away July 1, 2002); infant daughter, Barbara Rose; adoptive parents, Jack and Rose Wormsbecker; cousin, Colburn Nelson; and his beloved dogs, Lady and Shani.
Funeral: Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Towner.
Interment: Union Cemetery, Towner.
Visitation: Today, Tuesday, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Thompson-Larson Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the family.
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