Wornek, John Delbert

July 29, 2018

John Delbert Wornek November 21, 1925 - July 26, 2018 Longtime Pocatello resident, John Delbert Wornek died Thursday afternoon, June 26th of natural causes. He was 92 years old. John was born November 21st, 1925 in May, Idaho and lived in central and southern Idaho his entire life. John was the son of John Milton Wornek and Fern Alfaretta Brown. He has a younger sister, Glena Davis, who currently lives in Blackfoot. While serving in the Navy in Washington state, John met Barbara Joann Harris, and they were married June 24th, 1946. Shortly afterward they moved to central, then later, southern Idaho. They were married for 71 years, and had three children: Elizabeth Alfaretta, born August 28th, 1947 in Salmon, Idaho and died January 7th, 2017; John Valiant, born July 26th, 1950 in Pocatello and died April 28th, 1955; and Howard Milton, born February 22nd, 1956 in Pocatello and currently living in southern California. John studied carpentry at Idaho State College and received a certificate of completion in 1949. He also served an apprenticeship with the Union Pacific Railroad in Pocatello and was classified as a journeyman machinist in 1955. He worked as a machinist and welder in several Pocatello companies, including Paul Roberts Machine shop, Thiokol, and FMC. At home, John was the provider and protector of the family, using his skills in building, remodeling and maintaining the family homes, and in creating fanciful windchimes and whirlygigs. He was also an avid hunter, fisherman, and gardener. He had the mind of an engineer, the eye of an artist, and the determination and stamina of an army. John was preceded in death by his father in 1991 and mother in 1996; his son, John, in 1955; his daughter, Beth, in 2017, and his beloved wife, Barbara, last August. He is survived by his sister, Glena; his son, Howard; four grand-daughters, three great-grandchildren, and two great-great-grandchildren. No memorial services are planned at this time, but the family plans to inter John’s and Barbara’s remains with their son, John, in Mountainview Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that well-wishers make donations to Alzheimer’s research.