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Robert “Phil” Worley

KSAL StaffJuly 9, 2019

Robert “Phil” Worley, 85, of Salina, passed away Wednesday, July 3, 2019. He was born June 21, 1934, in Abilene to Dean F. and Ruth H. (Graham) Worley. He married Jenette Worthey on Sept. 2, 1967.
Phil graduated from Salina High School in 1952, then attended Kansas State University and graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1956. While attending K-State, he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and ROTC.

Upon graduation, Phil served in the U.S. Army in Korea. He worked for the State of Kansas for 44 years as a geologist. Phil was an avid K-State fan, cheering on any sport that represented the Wildcats. Phil had football season tickets for over 30 years, and he enjoyed traveling to various bowl games.

For many years he won his fair share of trophies while participating in the Saline County Tennis Tournament. He was also a member of USTA. An avid tennis player, Phil met some of his closest friends on the tennis court. He was a member of University United Methodist Church. Every summer he could be found at the Smoky Hill River Festival talking to friends and listening to music and helping his church at their booth.

Survivors include his daughter, Susan Riggs and husband Derek, of Gardner; grandchildren, Jacob Riggs and Madelyn Riggs; and brother, Kent Worley and wife Ruth, of Grand Rapids, Mich.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife, Jenette.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, July 9, at Ryan Mortuary. Visitation will begin that morning at 8:30 a.m.

Memorials may be made to USD 305 Salina Central boys’ and girls’ tennis teams or Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at K-State, in the care of Ryan Mortuary, 137 N. Eighth St.,Salina, KS 67401.

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