David “Barney” Wormer

David “Barney” Wormer, age 60, of Prior Lake, MN, passed away unexpectedly, at his home on Monday, January 27, 2020.

A time of gathering will be held on Friday, February 7, starting at 4 PM, with sharing time at 6:30 PM, at Ballard-Sunder Funeral and Cremation, 4565 Pleasant Street SE, Prior Lake, followed by a gathering honoring Barney’s life at the Prime Time Bar and Grill, 20565 Langford Way, Jordan . A private family interment will be held on Saturday, February 8, at Spirit Hill Cemetery, Jordan, MN. Urn bearers will be his godchildren, John Dillon and Katie DeRosia.

David William was born July 31, 1959, in New Prague, son of Waldemar and Dorothy (Tesch) Wormer of rural Jordan.  He attended Lydia Elementary and Jordan Schools, graduating from Jordan High School in 1977.  After high school, Barney continued to farm on the family farm in Spring Lake Township.  After the farm was sold, he worked for Sun Country Airlines, as well as assisting neighbors and friends with farming.  At the time of his death, Barney was employed by Butch Ames of Ames Farms.

Barney enjoyed his “Bump and Run” trips to various Sun Country destinations with family or friends.   Regardless of where he went, someone knew Barney or became a new friend.  It would not be unlike Barney to show up in your yard and have a “short” visit and catch up on the Lydia news. Barney enjoyed a good game of Euchre including teaching his nephews and nieces the tricks of the game. Barney was a people person.  Till the end, he stayed true to his farming roots.  Barney will be missed by family and friends.

Barney is survived by sisters and brothers, Char (Tom) Voigt, Doug, Debbie, Connie (David) Dillon, Wayne, and Dan (Linda); nephews and nieces, Willi (Sara) Wormer and their children, Rayne, Payton, Jeff (Dani) Voigt, and their children Sadie and Mia, Paul (Loli) Dillon, Katie (Godchild) (Josh) DeRosia and their children TJ and Tyson, Elizabeth (Dusty) Julius and their children Lauren, Henry, Leah and Howie, Matt Wormer, John Dillon (Godchild), Jacob Wormer, Rachel Wormer; other relatives and friends.

Barney was preceded in death by his parents.

Memorials are preferred and will be distributed in Barney’s memory to help underprivilege children in needs of dentistry.

Barney’s family wishes to thank everyone for their kind expressions of sympathy.

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  1. Wormer family, I am so sorry for your loss of Barney. He was a great guy . He was always so kind to my mom and a wonderful neighbor. You have our deepest sympathy.
    Sandy and Lee Slavicek

  2. Barney, you were one of a kind!! I miss your sense of humor, thank you for being there for me in 2014

  3. Cheryl ( St.Martin) Hayes

    Barney, you grew up being such a big part of our family, you were there for us all. May you REST IN PEACE my friend.. you will be missed by many!

  4. We have heard so many “Barney” stories from Debbie. What a wonderful guy. Praying for his family’s peace.

  5. Randy & Laura Pforr

    Barneys kind soul, his great sense of humor, and most of all his friendship will truly be missed. My condolences to the family I know he cared about each and everyone of you, I hope at some point you can look back at all the great times you had with him and the laughs he’s given you.

  6. Tracy and Steve Soleta

    Dear Debbie and family,
    We were shocked and saddened to hear of Barney’s passing. Please know that all of you are in our prayers in these difficult days. Cherish the memories. It is always too soon to lose a family member.

  7. I love Barney! He always wanted to dance under the street light outside of Lydia bar and we always said we would do that, I regret now that we didnt take the time to do it. I love you Barney….we shared tears, laughs and secrets. Thank you for being my friend.

  8. Barney, you were one of the first people I met when I moved here from Ohio in 1986… We have shared a friendship, meals and lots of laughter. It was just last week that we traveled together to pay our respects to Vern Dockendorf. I will miss our T-Bird trips to the DQ and seeing you drive the big tractors in the neighboring fields…
    ~Barb Minar

  9. Chris & Laura Franzen

    Barney was a great neighbor, friend, and a wonderful, caring, funny man. I always enjoyed our conversations over a few beers and will miss his charming silly self and sense of humor.

    RIP Barney, you will be greatly missed by the whole Creekside Crew!

    -Chris & Laura Franzen

  10. So Sorry,my Sincere Sympathy … Barney was truly a good friend and helpful to all who knew him.He could easily make us laugh and it was fun to share meals.He will truly be missed by myself and my family who loved and appreciated him and his friendship.Praying for God’s comfort and peace during this difficult time.

  11. Betty J McAndrews

    Wormer Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Sincere sympathy to your entire family. Siblings are so precious. Praying for peace for David and comfort for each of you.

  12. Alan & Kathy Monnens

    So sorry to hear about “Barney”. He did so much for his next door neighbor (my mom) after dad passed. He mowed her lawn shoveled her sidewalk & blew her driveway many many times. He was also a good friend to my dad & our whole family. A really great person & will be missed. RIP Barney.

  13. Going anywhere with Barney was like taking a Golden Retriever puppy into a kindergarten class. Barney was known and loved by everyone. Barney was a good man, I will miss him.
    John Noterman

  14. Carolyn Wehrmacher

    Char and Family…My very deepest condolences on the passing of your brother, David.

  15. Wade Fradenburgh

    Connie and family. I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great guy.

  16. My heart is crushed! I have great memories as a kid hanging out with Barney on his family’s dairy farm which was a short distance down the road from my house. The entire Wormer family always made me feel very welcome and there were always hardy German meals at the table. I was amazed at how hard the entire family worked to keep the family farm going strong. Barney taught me how to ride calves in the calf pen. I remember riding them until we were worn out so then we moved on to try riding the pigs! We also helped cull the mice population with our trusty BB guns. I moved away from Jordan at a young age but I always enjoyed catching up with Barney when I came back to visit. Barney is now exploring the other side. I look forward to catching up with Barney in Heaven. I’m sure he has a few things to show me when I get there! Barney will be sorely missed. May God comfort his family during this difficult time.

  17. Connie and family – our condolences. Growing up on the farm, David was the a great neighbor, we shared a number birthday parties, we shared a number of drives home, and shared the experience of helping each other chasing cattle that have gotten out. My memories of David are always with a smile. Godspeed David!

    • Kevin, oh my goodness yes the cows who wanted to visit neighboring cows, and wasn’t it usually at 2:00 in the morning? And know there were more round ups after I left home!

  18. My husband Charlie and I owned the bar in Lydia and it was such a joy to see Barney walk in with his big smile. He was always helpful and kind to us. Sending prayers and blessings to his family. Rest In Peace Barney.

    • And I bet he took any offers of free specials too. Lydia was a center of life for locals like Barney. Thank you.

  19. Our deepest sympathy to the Wormer family! Even though I didn’t know Barney, he sounds like a “good guy”! Blest be is memory.

  20. Barney our condolences to your family, we will miss you coming by the house with the big machines. It was never a great challenge for you to be at the wheel of a Challenger. We will miss your every wave. God’s peace to your family. Robert and Katherine Krueger

  21. My prayers to your family; its been years since our families visited when you kids were all home, but when Orville was alive he always wanted to know how and where you all were. Take care of one another. Love one another.

  22. Susan (Klingberg) Flaschenriem

    Wormer family, my sympathies to all of you. Thinking back I have such fond memories of your family from picking up the milk on the farm to events at church growing up together. David and I were the same age and I remember the talks we had in the milk house. You are all a wonderful family and it is great to know all of you and a privilege to have known David. May God help you through this hard time.

  23. Renee Kaiser-Muelken

    My condolences to the whole Wormer family. I went to Lydia and Jordan schools with David. Though I haven’t seen him in decades, I remember him as everyone is describing him…funny and kind.

  24. Jerry&Joan Feldten

    My condolence to the Wormer family, it was always great to have Barney stop by with one or two of his fun stories and jokes. Will miss him not stopping by.

  25. Debbie (Oldenburg) Taylor

    With deepest sympathy to the Wormer family on the passing of “Barney.” I’m a 1977 classmate and part of the Lydia gang and remember him from our school days. I have passed the old homestead on Hwy 13 many times on my visits back to Minnesota. I called my parents to let them know and they told me that Barney used to work for Butch Ames Construction and it was Barney who planted my dad’s 80 acres way back when. My dad also enjoyed Barney’s company at the Lydia bar a time or two. We are saddened yet joyful that he is with our heavenly father in heaven.

  26. Steve and Danna Monnens

    Our sympathies to the Wormer family on the passing of Barney. We was a good friend to our family, especially to our parents. He will be greatly missed.

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