Raymond George Worster Jr. - age: 82
(June 15, 1932 to March 18, 2015
Raymond G. Worster, Jr. died at his home on Wednesday March 18, 2015.
Ray was born on June 15, 1932 in Vermont. A 47-year resident of Ukiah, Ray was a local philanthropist, civic leader and business owner.
Perhaps best known in the community as the taxman, each spring he and his wife, Donna, prepared hundreds of tax returns for people in Ukiah and all across the United States. As a financial advisor, Ray counseled people through every major life event from birth to death. A graduate of Deerfield Academy in Mass. and Oberlin College in Ohio, Ray was a strong supporter of education. One of his great joys was to help parents send their children to college.
Ray was a long-time member of the South Ukiah Rotary Club and served on the Community Advisory Council of the Ukiah Valley Medical Center. He had also served on the Ukiah Valley School District School Board of Education and the board of Trinity School. A collector of antique cars, Ray was a member of the Ukiah Early Iron Car Club. Patrons of the arts, Ray and Donna recently donated an extensive collection of Wheatley Allens bronze bird sculptures to the Mendocino Arts Center.
Ray cherished the role of patriarch to a large extended family. He loved his children unconditionally and adored his 13 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Ray is survived by his wife, Donna; four daughters - Carrie Worster of San Diego, Sarah Harrison (Bill) of Ukiah, Kate Worster of Plover, Wisc., and Virginia Knott (Wendell) of Fort Bragg; three stepchildren Chuck Yates (Carol) of Boise, Idaho, Roland Yates (Gwenn) of Waukegan, Ill. and Robin Yates Hudson (Bill) of Hot Springs Village, Arkansas; 13 grandchildren Paula Derrick, Blake Foster, Cole Foster, Raymond Harrison, Paul Nunnemaker, Scott Nunnemaker, Maggie Singleton, Andrew Word, Grant Word, Kanani Yates, Sterling Yates, Trenton Yates, Warren Yates; and four great grandchildren Bradley Singleton, Meliah Singleton, Isobel Yates, Meredith Yates. Rays first wife, Paula, and eldest daughter, Helen Derrick (Peter), preceded him in death. Contributions to Ukiah Valley Medical Center Emergency Wing are preferred by family. A memorial service will be held Saturday, May 2, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Eversole Mortuary.