Longtime Lincoln County resident, Rodney D. Worman, passed away peacefully with his three children by his side on Monday, June 28, 2021 at the age of 72.
Rodney was born on January 7, 1949 in Fowler, Kansas. He was the first of five children born to William C. & Norma L. Worman. The family moved to Oregon in 1955.
He graduated from Newport High School in 1967. Rodney was a Viet Nam era veteran serving in the United States Army. After his return to civilian life in 1970, he embarked on some entrepreneurial endeavors including owning and operating an art store and then a surf shop.
The next few years were spent managing two of his parent’s businesses, Worman’s Restaurant and the Katty Corner Cafe. He embraced the business management experience while honing his culinary skills. Rodney came from a long line of restauranteurs and inherited many of the family’s secret recipes. Much to his delight, his youngest sister, Cassie is carrying on the family tradition with her own restaurant, a Cup of Sass, in Toledo.
Rodney also owned & operated Worman’s Construction Co. and worked as a longshoreman for Pacific Maritime Association until his retirement in 2014. He was honored to serve as a past president of ILWU Local 53 in Newport.
Rodney was very adventurous and traveling was his passion. In 1995, his dream vacation to South America was realized. He took a riverboat cruise on the Amazon, exploring the jungles and going deep into the rainforests of Brazil and Peru.
He absolutely loved the great outdoors and spending time with family and friends.
His other interests included reading, camping, hunting, fishing, whitewater rafting, gardening, canning, cooking and playing cards.
Rodney is survived by children, Erika L. Worman (Kurt Matzke), Siletz; Jason D. Worman, Toledo; and Ashley A. Worman, Los Angeles, CA; 6 grandchildren, Mercedes A. Worman, Shamirah Evans, Skyland Worman, Tana Worman, Atticus Worman-Pope, LucyBelle Worman-Pope and 1 great-grandchild, Ashton Worman-Enriquez. He is also survived by sisters, Nikki Worman, South Beach; Misti Worman, Corvallis, OR, Casondra Worman, Toledo; brother-in-law, Sam Bayya, Siletz; numerous nieces and nephews; and former spouse/close friend, Christine M. Lawrence of Toledo.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Sheila M. Bayya; and nephew, Joshua C. Reeves.
Rodney will be remembered for his kind, generous nature and his willingness to lend a helping hand.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that you make a donation to Food Share of Lincoln County or a charity of your choice in Rodney’s honor.
A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, July 31st, 6:00 pm at 106 Wade Road Siletz.