James "River Jim" Worstell

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December 28, 1931 - January 14, 2017
Born in St. Louis, MO
Resided in O'Fallon, MO

  • Memorial Gathering: Baue: O'Fallon
    • Saturday February 4, 2017 1:30pm to 3:30pm
  • Memorial Service: Baue: O'Fallon
    • Saturday February 4, 2017 3:30pm

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Worstell, James Joseph “River Jim”, of O’Fallon, MO, died on Saturday January 14, 2017, at the age of 85. Husband of Janet Worstell; son of the late Virgil and Viola Worstell; father of Jayme (Roger) Collins; grandfather of Karli, Colby, and Quinn; brother of Mary Ann Johnson. Jim was an uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Pat & Don Meyer January 15, 2017 at 4:55 pm - Reply

    Dear Jan, Jayme and family – Don and I are very sorry for your loss. Jim lived a long and fun life; always going to his boat on the river and seeing his friends. He loved having lunch with them. Don and I are here for you Jan for whatever you need. Our hearts are sad for all of you.

  2. Rich Reichert January 15, 2017 at 7:13 pm - Reply

    River Jim you will be greatly missed. I will cherish the memories of the 40 years I knew you. I know you’re in heaven driving your boat! RIP.

    Little Rich

  3. Carrie Ash January 15, 2017 at 7:14 pm - Reply

    candle 8Rest in peace. You will be greatly missed by the boating community.

  4. Ginna Brazill January 15, 2017 at 10:15 pm - Reply

    So sorry Janet. I’m sorry I won’t be able to make it to the service, I’ll be out of town.
    John and I always enjoyed his visits on the boat. He was one of the good guys, he’ll be missed by all his river buddies.

  5. Gary & Ruth Mundy January 16, 2017 at 12:05 pm - Reply

    You will be missed greatly A true River Man. We had many great years and times on the Old Mississippi So sorry for your loss Janet and Jayme

  6. lou & tom lenkman January 16, 2017 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    candle 7River Jim, You will be remembered by the River family who was always watching you as you went up and down river either in your boat or your jet ski. You typified the True River boater, out there in the worst and best of weather! We will miss you.

  7. Sheri Warner Beck January 16, 2017 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    candle 7River Jim,
    You always, always brought a smile to my face. Although I haven’t seen you in many years, I can still remember many of our conversations at Woodland like it was yesterday. Thank you for all the smiles and laughs. You will be greatly missed by all who knew you. Mrs. Worstell, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  8. Richard Williams and Joan Lodl January 17, 2017 at 5:22 pm - Reply

    River Jim you will be missed. I have missed you the last couple of years, I could always count on you stopping by our place on the river to say hi, and me trying to feed you. I know you are in a better place, many happy boating days ahead for you.
    Love, Rich & Joan

  9. Clifton Akers aka Murphy January 17, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    We have been friends for over 35 years and I feel we were like father and son for most of those years. You will always be remembered by your Friends at Woodland Harbor and up and down the river. You have taught me a lot about the river and how it becomes “AWAY OF LIFE” There should be a New Cruisar waiting for you in heaven! We miss you!!

  10. Rich Reichert January 19, 2017 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    candle 6River Jim,
    You are more than just a river buddy I loved you.
    Rich Reichert

  11. Lynn Reichert January 19, 2017 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    candle 5It is time to celebrate the life of River Jim. As long as possible he enjoyed his friends and life on the river. He was so proud of Janet, Jayme and his grandchildren showing photos and describing their accomplishments. He was sometimes stubborn, always told the truth and appreciated his many friends made over the years on land and water. We will miss our River Jim and celebrate the happy memories of our times together.

  12. Pat Maksimovich February 1, 2017 at 6:55 am - Reply

    candle 7Jayme,

    So sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Pat Maksimovich

  13. Larry and Dixie Schulte February 3, 2017 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    River Jim,
    We were truly blessed to have known you. You knew everyone on the river. You were the happiest on your boat and on the water. Your memory for facts and people who you have known over the years was unbelievable. We still miss your weekly visits on the front of our boat, peanuts and Diet Coke were your favorite snack. Your smile was so contagious, and you definitely had an opinion on most subjects. You spoke your mind and we loved you for it. You will always be in our thoughts and prayers.
    All our love,
    Larry and Dixie

  14. Richard E Goslin February 3, 2017 at 8:30 pm - Reply

    With deepest sympathy for your loss Jan & Jamie…I’ve known Jim for a long, long time and learned a few things from him over the years. May he rest in peace until we meet again. Rich & Linda Goslin

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