Darrel Ray Worley, 66, of Cape Girardeau, died Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at Southeast Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
He was born May 24, 1945, in Poplar Bluff, Mo., to William "Seward" and Esther M. Wilkerson Worley.
He and Edna "Ruth" McLard were married March 30, 1968, at Second General Baptist Church in Dexter.
After graduating from Dexter High School in 1963, Darrel entered the U. S. Air Force on Feb., 13, 1964, and served a year in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged as a Sergeant on June 1, 1966. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
Darrel worked 29 years as a Power Plant Operator at Southeast Missouri State University. He was a longtime member of First General Baptist Church and the VFW, both in Cape Girardeau.
While his sons were active in Boy Scouts, he served as Assistant Scout Master of Troop 5 and in his spare time, he enjoyed genealogy.
Survivors include his loving wife of nearly 44 years, Ruth, of Cape Girardeau; two sons, James R. Worley and daughter, Abby of Fenton, Mo., and Nathaniel C. (Angie) Worley and son, Braden of DuQuoin, Ill.; two brothers, Norval (Pansy) Worley of Dexter, and Carol (Jan) Worley of Wappapello, Mo.; and a sister, Jane (J. C.) Larsen of Dexter.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will take place on Sunday, Feb. 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the McCombs Funeral Home in Cape Girardeau.
Funeral services will be held Monday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. at the funeral home, with the Rev. Sam Ramdial officiating.
A committal service will be held Monday, Feb. 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. at the Missouri Veteran's Cemetery in Bloomfield.
Memorials may take the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.