John Franklin Wortman
December 24, 1928  -  July 31, 2017

John Franklin Wortman

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Ballard Funeral Home
910 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Monday, August 07, 2017
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
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Graveside Service
South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
10:00 am
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South Park Cemetery
3101 S. Main St.
Roswell, NM  88203
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First Presbyterian Church
201 W 5th St
Dexter, NM  88230

Graveside services are scheduled for 10:00 am, Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at South Park Cemetery for John F. “Bud” Wortman, 88, who passed away on Monday, July 31, 2017 at Eastern New Mexico Medical Center in Roswell. Reverend Stephen Deutsch of the First Presbyterian Church of Dexter and Hagerman will conduct the service.

Bud was born December 24, 1928 in Dexter, New Mexico to Frank Wortman and Anna Wattenbarger Wortman who preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister Norma Jean Brodie, his brother Robert Wortman, and his first wife, Jean Losey Wortman.

Bud was raised on the family farm in Dexter and graduated from Dexter High School in 1946. He attended college at New Mexico Military Institute, where he graduated in the first four-year college class in 1950. In his graduating year at New Mexico Military Institute, he was the Regimental Commander of the cadet corps. After college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and served in the 2nd Armored Division in Germany. While in Germany, he met Rosemary Anderson whom he married in 1953. In December 1953, Bud was separated from active duty and assigned to the Army Reserve. After 32 years in the Army Reserve, he achieved the rank of full colonel.

Upon completion of his tour of duty in Germany, he returned to Dexter in December 1953 with Rosemary to join the family businesses. Bud and Rosemary operated the family businesses for nearly 62 years until her death in 2015. Bud then continued the family farming operation until his death.

Bud and Rosemary have two sons: John F., Jr. (Johnny) and his wife Missy of Las Cruces, and David P. Wortman and his wife Lynne of Longview, TX.

He is also survived by 6 grandchildren, Jacinda Juarez and her husband Jose Luis of Albuquerque, Danielle Dody and her husband Jesse of Charlotte, North Carolina, Allan Wortman of Austin, Texas and Jennie Wortman of Dallas, Texas, and Jacob and Christina Aguayo of Las Cruces. Bud has three nieces, Pamala Stark and her husband John of West Des Moines, Iowa; Sallie Wortman and husband Arthur Estes of Ft. Worth, Texas and Meriel Brodie of Raleigh, North Carolina. He has two nephews, Rob Wortman and Rusty Wortman, both of Tucson, Arizona. Bud is also survived by one sister-in-law, Jean Wortman of Tucson, Arizona.

Bud was a devoted husband and a loving and dedicated father to his two sons. He was a prominent citizen of Dexter and was passionate about his involvement in social and community activities that was demonstrated through his service in the New Mexico Masonic Organization where he became Grand Master in 1979 and his membership in the Shriners Organization and Rotary International. Bud was committed to supporting the Dexter Public Schools where he served as a member on the School Board for multiple years and continued to mentor numerous school children for years thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the First Presbyterian Church in Dexter, 201 W 5th St, Dexter, NM 88230.

The family expresses sincere gratitude to all of Bud's caregivers, especially Dilly Brady.


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  1. Orval Tom Wortman
    Raton, NM

    I met John at NM Grand Lodge many years ago and enjoyed our conversation very much. Come to find out his grandfather was a brother of my great grandfather. I was so sorry to hear of his passing. Praying for God's comforting arms to be wrapped around you all.

  2. Helen & Robbie Drake
    Dexter, NM

    Sincere sympathy to all family members. We will miss one of our dearest friends more than words can say. Bud has been a big part of our lives for 18 years. He made us feel welcome to Dexter when we first came here to live. It is with great sadness that I write this, but know we will meet again.

  3. LeeAnn Reinecke Sandoval
    Dexter, NM

    The Dexter Community owes a debt of gratitude to Bud Wortman. His wise leadership and constant concern for every detail is sorely missed. There are not words to express what he has meant to me, both personally and professionally, over the years. My heartfelt condolences to the entire family.

  4. Bob and Karen Lathrop
    Kailua Kona, HI

    So sorry to hear of the passing of a wonderful man.

  5. Jeannie Caruthers Carver
    Marietta, GA

    My memories go back to Frank and Anne who were good friends of my parents, Carl and Alma Caruthers. The Workmans hold a spot in my heart with many fond memories. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time.

  6. Cindi Lucero
    Roswell, NM

    My heartfelt condolences to your family. Mr. Wortman made a wonderful impression on me in the short time I knew him. I will miss him.

  7. Sharon Lombardi
    Roswell, NM

    John, I have wonderful memories of Bud, our heartfelt sympathy to you and your family.

  8. Linda & Blaine Busby
    Roswell, NM

    I worked at the Dexter Post Office for 18 years & loved my daily visits with Bud or Rosie. Bud was such a wonderful, caring , concerned & proud " founding father" of his community. He was a great man & personal friend. I knew he wouldn't be with us long after losing Rosie. They were a perfect couple. Bud , Mr.Wortman, will be greatly missed !

  9. John Schwebke
    Georgetown, TX

    John and Missy
    my blessing to you and your family. to my fellow masonic brother and fellow Rotarian...GOD SPEED. Your way of life is a road map to us all

  10. John and Pat Irwin
    Sioux Falls, SD, SD

    Heartfelt sympathy to the family. Thank you for sharing Bud with us all these years.

  11. Steve Turrie
    Las Cruces, NM

    John.....please accept my condolences on your dad's passing. I know he was a great mentor and father to you.
    Prayers are with you!

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