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Neill Funeral Home

3401 Market Street, Camp Hill, PA

OBITUARY

Royce L. Worthington

August 26, 1937June 21, 2019

Royce L. Worthington, 81 of Camp Hill, passed away Friday June 21, 2019 in Holy Spirit Hospital. He was born August 26, 1937 in Sommers Point, NJ, son of the late Rose Gertrude (Betz) Worthington Thackeray. He served as a medic in the United States Air Force for 20 years and worked with DUSTOFF US Army Aeromedical Evacuation during his time in Vietnam. After his retirement from the USAF, he had a variety of careers including working for the Navy Exchange System in California, Pennsylvania, and Hawaii. He also served as a Children and Youth Social Worker with Adams County. For many years he organized both DUSTOFF Association and 38th Bomb Wing (Laon, France) reunions in support of other Veterans like himself. Roy valued education and earned both a Bachelors Degree from Golden Gate University and a Masters Degree from National University. He provided support for charities aiding Catholic missionaries, Veterans, foster children, and adoption. He was a long time member of the Knights of Columbus. Roy was preceded in death by his wife, Joan M. (Schramm) Worthington on November 1, 2010. Also preceded in death by his mother Rose Gertrude (Betz) Thackeray, his step-father Lewis J. Thackeray, his brothers Harry Worthington and William Rominiecki, and his sisters Beatrice (Worthington) Hartman and Frances (Rominiecki) Jones. He is survived by his children Margaret and her husband Scott, Matthew and his wife Amber, and Michael and his wife Tonya; his grandchildren Victoria, David, Erik, Sarah, Kassidy, Logan, and Ella; his great-grandchildren Athena, Artemis, Wodan, and Morrigan; his brother Lewis J. Thackeray Jr. and his sister Amanda (Thackeray) Donahue; and by numerous nieces and nephews Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30AM, Thursday, June 27, 2019 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, 3435 E Trindle Rd, Camp Hill, with viewing one hour prior to Mass. Interment will be Indiantown Gap National Cemetery In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to The Gary Sinese Foundation.

  • FAMILY

  • Margaret Lumpkin, Daughter
  • Scott Lumpkin, Son-in-law
  • Matthew Worthington, Son
  • Amber Worthington, Daughter-in-law
  • Michael Worthington, Son
  • Tonya Worthington, Daughter-in-law
  • Lewis Thackeray Jr., Brother
  • Amanda Donahue, Sister
  • grandchildren: Victoria, David, Erik, Sarah, Kassidy, Logan and Ella. Great grandchildren: Athena, Artemis, Wodan and Morigan.

Services

  • Viewing Thursday, June 27, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Thursday, June 27, 2019

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Bill Shirley

June 28, 2019

I was a kid in Ridgewood NJ when Royce was on recruiting duty. He allowed me to hang out at the recruiting station. Memories include borrowing a full pressure suit on a mannikin to take to school for a Jr. Science project, riding with him in an Air Force truck during the 4th of July parade and watching a bunch of 16 mm USAF films. I lost contact with him after I graduated from HS and eventually joined the Marine Corps. Semper Fi Royce.

Terrence Galloway

June 25, 2019

My brother, Tom, just told me that my cousin Harry Worthington had passed away. I went on the internet to contact Roy and was saddened to find his obituary. I now live in Suwanee, GA (Atlanta) and I am unable to attend Roy's funeral on Thursday. I have called my brother and ill health will prevent him from representing our family as well. Our mother, Marie Betz Galloway, was our Aunt Gert's sister. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. I have been doing genealogy research and would like to share what I have on the Worthington families. Please contact me. I am two months older than Roy and we grew up together in Philadelphia until we both left to enter the service. I am retired Air Force as well.

Terrence (Terry) Galloway, tlg6082@tampabay.rr.com