John "Jack" Worthington
1928 - 2015
MBPN Loses a Founding Member
John "Jack" H. Worthington, 86, born September 15, 1928 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, passed away March 29, 2015 in Lansing, MI. Jack retired from Michigan State University as a 4-H Extension Specialist, served as an Officer in the US Air Force during the Korean Conflict; graduated from Romeo High School and graduated with a bachelor's and master's degree from Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science (MSU). He was a founding member and a past president of the Michigan Barn Preservation Network, and a member of the Mid-Michigan Woodworkers Guild. Throughout life, Jack enjoyed many passions: family, 4-H, MSU basketball and football, traveling, square dancing, games, fishing, rope and broom making, antiques and auctions. Jack was an avid photographer, genealogist, barn preservationist, woodworker and gardener. He will be remembered fondly as "Jack of All Trades."
Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Barbara; children: Mike (Sharon) Worthington of Muir, Karen Worthington of Potterville, David (Trisha) Worthington of Carmel, IN, James Worthington of Troy, Patricia (Thomas) Shea of Malmö, Sweden; five grandchildren: Morgan, Grant, Sydney and Taylor Worthington, Michael Marie Shea; sister Georgia Minard of Linden, sister-in-law Linda Worthington of Chevy Chase, MD; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held Monday, April 6, from 4-6pm, on the campus of Michigan State University at the Morrill Hall of Agriculture, Atrium, 446 West Circle Drive, East Lansing, MI 48824. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the Michigan Barn Preservation Network online or, PO Box 614, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48804-0614 or to the 4-H Foundation, 535 Chestnut Road, Room 240, East Lansing, MI 48824 (www.mi4hfdtn.org) in memory of Jack Worthington. Online condolences may be made at www.peterandmurrayfuneralhome.com.