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James C. Worner, 75 of rural Battle Lake died Monday, October 22, 2018, at the Battle Lake Good Samaritan Society.
James Carlton Worner was born on February 16, 1943, in Staten Island, New York the son of Morris and Esther (Bellin) Worner. He attended elementary school in Great Bend, ND, graduated from Wahpeton High School in 1961, attended North Dakota State School of Science, then attended Valley City State University, and later completed his bachelors degree in Criminal Justice at Minot State University.
James and Joyce Walker were married on July 11, 1965, at the Evangelical United Bretheren Church in Wahpeton. At that time he was employed with the Breckenridge Police Department as a patrolman. In 1966, he enlisted in the US Army, as a Special Agent Military Intelligence. Jim served with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam, and was awarded the Bronze Star. After his discharge he returned to the Breckenridge Police Department and in 1976, he became Chief of Police, retiring in 1993. James also trained at the FBI academy in Quantico Virginia while serving as Chief of Police. Jim then was a missionary in Russia for ten years, two years with Calvary International and then eight years with Seeds of Faith Ministries where he started and administrated a school, New Hope Education Center. When he returned from Russia he worked at Bigwood Electric, was a counseling pastor with the Assembly of God Church, and then worked with the Circle of Nations School all in Wahpeton. He enjoyed computers, spending time at his son's farm south of Henning, and was known for his tinkering and fixing. Jim was a member of the NRA, Wahpeton American Legion, the DAV, and was always very active with the churches he attended.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; four children, Barbara (Brian) Roberts of Mansfield, Ohio; Doug Worner of Fergus Falls; Jeff (Terri) Worner of Henning and Sue (Jerame) Tysdal of Battle Lake; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, Cassie (Lee) Slarb, Kaitlynn, and Finnegan, Allie (Troy) Miller, Genavieve, Oliver and Garrett, Candice McDermott, Mathias Lewis, Madi Roberts, Makenna Tysdal, Kailey and Amanda Worner, and Adysen Tysdal; sister, Delaine (Dean) Ferkinhoff of Eden Prairie; and by numerous relatives and friends. Jim was preceded in death by his parents, Morris and Esther Worner and sister, Kathy Alden.
Memorial Service: 11:00 AM Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Battle Lake Alliance Church.
Visitation: Friday from 5 to 7 PM, with a 6:30 PM Prayer Service, at the funeral home and one hour prior to the service at the church.
Clergy: Rev. Derek Mansker
Military Honors: Wahpeton Funeral Honors Team
Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Wahpeton, ND
Funeral Home: Glende-Nilson of Battle Lake