Frederick H. “Fred” Worch, 79, of New Madison, passed away Friday, June 9, 2017 at Wayne Hospital Emergency Room. He was born October 22, 1937 in New Madison, OH to the late G. Harry and Bertie (Brown) Worch.
In addition to his parents, Fred was preceded in death by his sisters, Norma (Worch) Stanley and Lucille (Worch) Ward; and his brother, Harold Worch.
During his career Fred worked at Fram in Greenville, Dairy Maid in Greenville and shortly after became a full-time, well-known dairy and grain farmer in Darke County. Farming became Fred’s life work! Fred enjoyed auto racing, going to flea markets, antique tractors, gardening and spending time with friends and family.
Fred was a lifelong member of the New Madison First United Methodist Church. He served his community as a devoted elected official. Fred was a trustee for Liberty Township for 10 years and served on the Darke County Fair board for over 12 years. He also served in organizations which serve to make a difference in the lives of others. Fred was a member of the National Farmers Organization, the Farmers Union, the Masonic Lodge #143, Scottish Rite Valley of Dayton Shrine, Blue Lodge and was a member of various antique organizations.
Fred is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy (Lyme) Worch, whom he married June 16,1956; his son and daughter-in-law, David (Judy) Worch of Hollansburg; his daughters and sons-in-law, Kathryn (David) Royer of Greenville, and Kimberly (Mark) Cooley of Greenville; his grandchildren, Jeremy Worch, Chris Worch, Stacie (Worch) Davis, Jennifer Worch, Damon Cooley, Matt Cooley, Jeff Royer, Danny Royer and Travis Royer; 13 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Tuesday, June 13,2017 at 10:30 AM at the Oliver Floyd Funeral Home with Pastor Eric Laux officiating. Burial will be held in the Palestine Cemetery.
Family and friends may visit on Monday, June 12, 2017 from 2-4 PM and 5-7 PM also at the funeral home. A masonic prayer service will be conducted by the Greenville Masonic Lodge #143 at 6:45 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Tri-Village Rescue, 320 N. Main Street, New Madison, OH 45346 or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.oliverfloyd.com