Donald Wornstaff

April 23, 1922 - May 25, 2003

04/23/1922 - 05/25/2003

Past Services

Thursday May 29, 2003
Forest Lawn Cemetery
8100 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23505
757-441-1753 | Directions
Thursday May 29, 2003
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Thursday May 29, 2003
12:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions

Don Wornstaff
NORFOLK — Donald “Don” Wornstaff, 81, passed away peacefully in his Camellia Shores home May 25, 2003 with his family by his side. Born April 23, 1922, Don was a native of Clark County, Iowa.

He was a member of Azalea Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Navy during World War II. Don retired after 29 years of distinguished service with the Naval Air Rework Facility, NAS Norfolk. He was an active member of the Ocean View and Little Creek Lions Clubs, Fleet Reserve Association Post No. 60, VFW Post No. 4809 and the official honor guard bugler for the American Legion Post No. 327.

Don was also a talented, accomplished musician, composer-arranger and band leader who loved to play his mellow B-flat coronet of 40s and 50s music in his 12 piece orchestra. In 1959 The HI FI’s band was fronted by Don who appeared on a popular local TV show, “Dancing Party,” on WAVY-TV 10, he was also bandleader of the Velvetones and The Redcoats who entertained countless residents in Hampton Roads’ nursing homes and disabled veterans in the VA Hospital in Hampton.

Don is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mary C. Wornstaff; and his children, Judy M. Young, Peggy L. Masters and Randy P. Wornstaff of Boca Raton, Fla. and “Don Ray” Wornstaff of Kill Devil Hills, N.C. His son, Richard A. Wornstaff, formerly of Norfolk, predeceased him. Don is also survived by 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The Wornstaff family wishes to express their deepest heartfelt gratitude and appreciation to the special Health Care Professionals they consider to be “God-sent Angels.” Because of their years of never ending love, excellent care-giving and constant prayers, Don’s wish to be cared for in his home with his family was honored.

The Virginia Beach Chapel of Altmeyer Funeral Homes will hold a family service at 10 a.m. Thursday. Friends are invited to attend at noon with The American Legion Post No. 327 Honor Guard present. Immediately following, a Veteran’s Service with military honors will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery on Granby Street, Norfolk.

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Gertrude Disharoon
8 years ago

Mary – My sincere sympathy. I was sorry to hear of your loss.

Marilyn F. Mason
2 years ago

I remember him as a good man when I was eight or nine. His daughter, Judy, was my blood _sister.