Budd Wormley was only 70, so he would have liked to live another decade or two, but he confidently left this earth for “the better place” April 28, 2019.
Richard Budd Wormley, Millbrook, was the youngest child of Frances (Budd) and Myron Wormley. He was born Aug. 17, 1948, in Aurora.
Budd’s passion was fast cars, big engines, and massive machinery. He learned to drive at age 7. He earned his pilot’s license at age 16. His garages and barns recently stabled a Harley-Davidson, Polaris Ranger, Chevy SS, pickup trucks, tractors, backhoes, bulldozer, blacktop equipment, dump truck, and road grader.
Budd felt called to serve. As he saw needs, he filled them, providing housing for the homeless, delivering Meals on Wheels, and helping neighbors and friends, especially when it involved using his toys.
He enjoyed country-western music, a warm fire, and cooking. He shared what he cooked, especially lasagna, with others.
He spoke his opinion on issues of importance to him, his family, and his communities. During his tenure on the village of Millbrook Board and the nine years he served on the Kendall County Regional Plan Commission, he questioned the status quo.
Budd graduated from Oswego High School and the University of Illinois. After a year or two, he joined his father at Wormley Real Estate, Oswego, where he specialized in farm sales. He was an owner of farmland and other real estate.
He loved living on the farm and requested that his ashes be scattered there.
Budd was a regular worshipper at Millbrook Methodist Church and a longtime member of Raven Lodge #303 A.F.&A.M., and the Aurora Area Shrine Club.
He and Susan Pollock married July 29, 1972, in Aurora. They later divorced.
Budd is survived by sons Adam and Seth Wormley of Millbrook; daughters Sara Wormley, Madison, Wis., and Kendall (fiancé Ryne Reder) Wormley, Montgomery; a brother, Jim (Cheryl) Wormley, Woodstock; a sister Jean Rothfusz, West Des Moines, Iowa; nieces and nephews, including Ryan (Gwen) Wormley, Woodstock, Paul (Rosemary) Wormley, Northfield, and Matt (Alexis) Wormley, North Barrington; and grand-nieces and -nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sons, Alex and Luke; and brother-in-law Paul Rothfusz.
A visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at Turner-Eighner Funeral Home, 3952 Turner Ave., Plano. A celebration of life will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home.