Leo Worrell

  • Born: July 10, 1941
  • Died: September 14, 2019
  • Location: Ankeny, Iowa

Memorial Services of Iowa

4208 North Ankeny Blvd.
Ankeny, IA 50023

Tel. (515) 964-0592

Tribute & Message From The Family

Leo Worrell, 78, passed away September 14, 2019. A private Memorial Service will be held Friday, September 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Ankeny Memorial Funeral Home (4208 N. Ankeny Blvd).

Leo Worrell was our much-loved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather. He left us suddenly, but not before he lived a full happy life. He has been and will always remain the center of the world for his family.

Leo was born on July 10, 1941 to Dorothy and Raymond Worrell in Fort Dodge, Iowa. He married Shirlee Aljets in 1958. Leo and Shirlee celebrated their 60th anniversary just last year, in 2018 - they spent 60 happy years together. She supported him in all his endeavors. Their first home was in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Very few couples loved moving as much as they did, from Iowa to the West Coast and back again. Leo liked to say: "We lost count after 25 (homes)! They met many fine people along the way.

Leo was successful in every profession he set his mind to throughout his life. He started his career selling shoes. His first job was a sales associate at Walker's Shoe Store at The Gates Department Store, he also worked at Lazy M Shoes at Park Fair and at Merle Hay Mall in Des Moines, Iowa. He took a position of display manager at Sears in Fort Dodge. Leo opened his first shoe store, The Village Shoe Shop in Spirit Lake, Iowa.  He later opened J & J Shoes in the Spirit Lake Mall, Happy Feet in Okoboji, Iowa and The Village Shoe Shop in Emmetsburg, Iowa. He also had a shoe department in Bostwick's Department store in Spencer, Iowa.

Leo was never afraid of changes. To be closer to his daughter and grandsons he moved to Bakersfield, CA and started a new career in real estate. Later he moved back home to Iowa and continued doing business with Re/Max franchise. When Leo was in the shoe business, people gave him a nickname 'Shoes', later in his career he was proud to be called '…The Real Estate Man'.

Leo liked woodworking and really enjoyed remodeling homes. When he would take on a project he would always complete it with much thought and attention to detail. Everyone called him "Grandpa" which was something he was very proud of. His love for his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren was his passion later in life.

Leo and Shirlee raised 3 children:  Danny, Terri and Steven Danny has 4 children:  Nora (Joe), Nathan, Veronica, Adrian (Natalia) and son Alex. Terri (Loren) have 3 children:  Joshua (Jennifer) and children Olivia and Madison, Joey (Kim) and daughter Janesa.  Rachel (Pete) and 2 children Emmalee and Sawyer. Steve (Alesia) have 5 children:  Stevie (Kayceena) and their 5 children Malachi, Piper, Zeke, Luna and Madeline; Cara (James), Katie (Nick), Zoey and Joseph. Siblings Stan (Lynette) Worrell of Raleigh, NC, Lois Zuspann of Fort Dodge, IA, Carol (Charlie) Perry of Reedsport, OR, and Ruth (Olin) Jarrett of Belton, SC.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dorothy Lindsey and Raymond Worrell; his brothers, Alan Worrell and Eddie Worrell; sisters, Marcella Gajus and Betty Lou Worrell; brothers-in-law, Earl Zuspann and John Els; great grandson, Joey Worrell; and nephew, Earl Zuspann, Jr.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Grandpa, you are truly one of a kind! I will miss your stories and big grandpa hugs! The love you gave to us all will never be forgotten. Keep watch over us in the Big Blue Sky! Much Love, your oldest most favorite granddaughter's sister :)

Posted by Veronica Jane Worrell - Jacksonville, FL - Grandchild   September 19, 2019

I truly miss you, grandpa! Thank you for always believing in me. I will always be your favorite oldest granddaughter.

Posted by Nora Worrell - Jacksonville, FL - Grandchild   September 19, 2019

My biggest brother, l loved you through the years even when you put the scar on my chin from the metal chair. Will miss you greatly.

Posted by Ruth Jarrett - Belton, SC - Sister   September 18, 2019