Funeral services for retired Command Sgt. Maj. Donald Oliver Worrall, of Temple, will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple. Burial will be at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen.
Mr. Worrall died Dec. 8, 2013, in a Temple hospital. He was born March 11, 1933, in Pittsburgh, Pa., to Ernest and Kathryn Jones Worrall.
He was a career soldier, spending 31 years in the U.S. Army. He served with the occupation forces in Germany and Austria following World War II. He had three combat tours, one in Korea and two in Vietnam as well as numerous tours in other parts of Europe and Asia. He was awarded many medals and commendations, including a Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.
While in the Army, he earned his high school equivalency diploma, his bachelor’s degree and three master’s degrees. He taught college history for 18 years following his discharge from the Army. He wrote two books on history and was an authority on the American Civil War.
He was a member of many organizations, among them the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, U.S. Cavalry Association, 4th Cavalry Association, and U.S. Constabulary Association. He and Kathryn enjoyed traveling to the various reunions and bivouacs of these associations, all over the U.S.
Mr. Worrall adored his family and was always delighted to see his daughter, Laura, her husband, Mordi, and her children, Rachel and David, his son, Ray, and daughter-in-law, Jeni, visited often, and he enjoyed their visits so much.
He loved traveling and often recounted touring Europe when his children were small, in a Volkswagen camper. Later in life, Don and Kathryn, along with his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Bob and Jacque Knapp, enjoyed traveling together. Their first trip to Seattle, Wash., was so much fun, that they traveled again to Europe and then to Hawaii.
He loved ice hockey, first playing it with his friends on icy ponds in Pennsylvania when he was very young and then in the last few years, going to see the Dallas Stars with his hockey loving step-granddaughters, Summer, Shannon and Brianna.
Mr. Worrall was loved by so many friends and family and will be greatly missed in their lives.
He was a Missouri Synod Lutheran, confirmed at Trinity Lutheran in Copperas Cove and currently a member of Immanuel Lutheran in Temple.
Many thanks to the doctors, who helped him with so many health problems, especially Dr. Allan Nichel, nephrologist, who treated him, counseled him and befriended him. Thanks also to Ben Covington, M.D., and Lori Covington, CRNI, for so many hours of help in so many situations. Also to Chris and Lita Hayes for taking time off their jobs to come and spend a week helping move Don and Kathryn to Temple, and sell their home in Copperas Cove. And to Pastor Schey from Trinity Lutheran and Pastor Michalk from Immanuel Lutheran, we thank you for all your visits and prayers and encouragement.
Survivors include his wife, Kathryn Hays Worrall; son, Alan Worrall; son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Jeni Worrall; daughter and son-in-law, Laura Worrall Shushan and Mordi Shushan; grandchildren, Rachel and David Shushan; and numerous stepchildren and step-grandchildren whom he loved and who loved him dearly.
Scanio-Harper Funeral Home in Temple is in charge of arrangements.