Richard "Dick" Wormhoudt (92) of Effingham


Published on July 19 2014 8:45 am

Richard “Dick” Wormhoudt, 92, of Effingham, Illinois, entered into eternal life on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 11:00 p.m. at Lakeland Rehabilitation & Health Care Center in Effingham.

A future memorial service is planned in Ottumwa, Iowa at the time of interment in the Ottumwa Cemetery. Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to Effingham County Cultural Center & Museum Association, P.O. Box 324, Effingham, IL 62401.

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Richard Caldwell Wormhoudt was born on December 25, 1921, the son of Henry and Frances (Wallwork) Wormhoudt, of Ottumwa, Iowa. He was initially employed at the Wormhoudt Lumber Company in Ottumwa. At the outbreak of World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy as an Aviation Machinist’s Mate 1st Class, Hydraulics Specialist, in the Pacific Theatre, on Maui, Hawaii. Following the War, he married Marilyn Jean Kaufman in Ottumwa, on September 19, 1947 and she preceded him in death on January 6, 2004. He later worked in sales for both Pella Rollscreen Company (now Pella Corp.) and Replacement Window Systems for the remainder of his career. He moved from Ottumwa to Springfield, Illinois, in 1969 and resided there until he moved to Effingham two years ago.

Mr. Wormhoudt is currently survived by two sons: Dan (wife, Kathy) of Effingham, Illinois, and Bob (wife, Christine) of Ottumwa, Iowa. He also leaves five grandchildren, Doug (wife, Kathy) Wormhoudt of San Francisco, California, Jennifer (husband, Carl) Hutmacher of Teutopolis, Illinois, Andrea (husband, Nick) Huebner of Effingham, Illinois, Kelly (husband, Chris) Haught of Cypress, Texas, John (wife, Beth) Wormhoudt of Toledo, Illinois; sister, Gretchen Hackney of Austin, Texas; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and brother, John “Jack” Wormhoudt of Ottumwa, Iowa.