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James F.  Worden
Clearview Football Star & Canadian Football Hall Of Fame Inductee
Age 64
Born: May 15, 1942   Died: February 25, 2007

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James F. “Hog” Worden, age 64, of Huntington Township, died unexpectedly at his home on February 25th, 2007. He was born in Lorain on May 15, 1942 and had been a resident of Huntington Township since 1972. He had previously resided in Lorain.

As a youth Jim was active in scouting and succeeded in fulfilling criteria to become an Eagle Scout at the age of twelve. He was also involved in 4-H where he received Grand Champion status in both Market Ewe and Showmanship categories for his work with sheep.

The son of a James C. Worden, former Cleveland Rams professional football team member, and brother of Dirk Worden, a member of The Ohio State University 1968 National Championship team, Mr. Worden was a 1960 graduate of Clearview High School. Keeping consistent with the Worden family heritage, he was a standout athlete there and was a multiple letter recipient on the Clipper varsity football team at the positions of linebacker and tight end; he received numerous accolades from the Lakeland Conference for his accomplishments on the gridiron and was proud to have recently been inducted into the Lorain Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the 1959 Clearview championship team.

In acknowledgement of his talent, he earned a four-year football scholarship to Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio; he continued to hone his athletic excellence there and ultimately won induction into the Wittenberg Athletic Hall of Fame at ceremonies conducted in 1964.

His studies at the university garnered him a Bachelors Degree in Science and Physical Education. Following graduation from college, he entered the Canadian Football League and completed six seasons as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughriders. His teams participated in two Gray Cup Championship games successfully winning the national trophy in 1966. Consistent with his other football accomplishments, Mr. Worden was enshrined into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame as well.

Following his retirement from professional football, he returned to eastern Lorain County where he embarked on a career path as a teacher at Columbia High School in Columbia Station. He eventually left teaching and joined Laborer’s Local # 758 in Lorain where he worked for thirty-five years primarily on highway construction projects throughout the area. He retired in 1998.

He was formerly active as a coach with the Lorain County Hot Stove League and was also a member of Port Clinton Lodge # 1610 of the Loyal Order of the Moose.

He is survived by his wife of forty-three years Gloria (nee Dennis), son James C. Worden and daughter-in-law Linda residing in Columbus, daughter Jenny E. Worden-Perks and son-in-law Ken Perks also of Columbus, grandchildren Emily Marshall, Megan Marshall, Adeline Worden, Andrew John Perks, and Willis Worden Perks, by brother Dirk J. Worden and sister-in-law Jean Worden residing in Huron, and by sisters Mrs. Les (Gay) Gerken of Vermilion and Mrs. Ken (Kathy) Kohlmyer of Wooster.

He was preceded in death by his father James C. Worden and by his mother Dolores R. Worden (nee Urban).

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