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LEXINGTON — Bernard L. Worth, 81, Lexington, died at 8:52 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 16, 2010) at his residence.

His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calvert & Musselman Funeral Home, Lexington, with the Rev. Jan Proeber officiating. Burial with military rites by American Legion Post 291 will follow in Lexington Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday and for one hour before the service, both at the memorial home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or the Church of Christ, Uniting, Lexington.

Bernard was born April 4, 1928, in Lexington, the son of Lloyd H. and Zelda M. Brown Worth. He married Elizabeth A. Hallstein on Oct. 24, 1951, in Lexington.

She survives along with two sons, Dennis A. (Sharon) Worth, Bloomington, and Richard L. (DeAnn) Worth, Normal; a daughter, Lisa A. (Michael) Surma, Lexington; seven grandchildren, Daniel, David, Christine and Kyle Worth and Nicholas, Bradley and Cody Surma; two brothers, Lloyd (Marjorie) Worth, Lexington, and George Worth, Kingston, Tenn.; three sisters-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister-in-law, Maude Worth.

Bernard was educated in the Lexington schools. He had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean conflict. He was a life member, past commander and firing squad leader of Lexington American Legion Post 291. He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Bernard retired from the Lexington schools and was owner and operator of a school bus for 36 years. He was very proud of his career as a bus driver and loved his students. He had the opportunity to serve three generations of one family and two generations of five families.

He was a Ford salesman in Lexington and owner of the Lexington Speed Wash.

He was a member of the Church of Christ, Uniting, Lexington, and was a former assistant chief of the Lexington Fire Department.

Bernard was an avid golfer and proud of his service in the Army. He was especially proud of his grandchildren and enjoyed being with them.

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