Vincent Worth Christie, age 79, of Casper, Wyoming, passed away peacefully on September 11, 2021, surrounded by loving family members.
Worth was born in Creston, Iowa on May 6, 1942, and was adopted by Vin and Iola (Truman) Christie of Omaha, Nebraska. The family moved to Powell, Wyoming around 1950 where Vin served as vice-president of First National Bank until he retired. Worth graduated from Powell High School in 1960. After graduation, he immediately joined the Army and was honorably discharged in 1963. After the Army, he briefly attended the University of Montana before embarking on a lifelong career in sales and entrepreneurship.
In the fall of 1967, he met Carolyn Berry Pickens of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and after a whirlwind courtship, married her on November 24, becoming a stepfather to her two children. Two more children arrived in the next couple of years and the family lived primarily in Sioux Falls and Omaha before moving to Houston, Texas in 1973. Wyoming called him back home in 1980, and he was instrumental in bringing the Wyoming Wildcatters CBA basketball franchise to Casper. Worth and Carolyn resided in Casper ever since then.
He was an avid baseball fan, and when his kids were young, he often served as an umpire at Little League and high school baseball games. His bucket list included attending a World Series game, which he was able to do not just once, but twice in the span of a couple of years!
Worth was very active in the Casper community and served on the board of the Boys and Girls Club, initiating the “Roast and Toast” fundraiser. He was a past president of the American Legion baseball program. He was a member of the Eagles, Elks, and the American Legion. Later in life, he attended Casper College and was a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa.
In the mid-1970s, Worth met his biological mother Marjorie Overton and two of his siblings. He did not learn the name of his biological father until after he did a DNA test in the summer of 2016, and a very large new family was discovered. He was welcomed with very open arms, and he was able to meet several “new” sisters and many new cousins when they invited him to visit them in Marinette, Wisconsin that fall. They shared photos and stories of Worth’s biological father James Lieburn and he finally had answers to most of his questions.
Worth was predeceased by his parents, Vin and Iola Christie, his brother Tom Christie and his biological parents Marjorie Overton and Jim Lieburn and great-granddaughter Tempe. Left behind are his loving wife of almost 54 years Carolyn, children Cathie Christie; Michael Christie (wife Dena); Scot Pickens; Charlene Pickens Hall (husband Jesse) and Nia Maxwell (husband Larry Hill); grandchildren Chenoa, Joshua, Matt, Zach, Zane, Addison, Nick, Robert, Connor, Jon, Jordan and Jared; great-grandchildren Alana, Kira, Nathaniel, Jaiden, Matthew, Meagan, Owen, Willow, Jackson, Natalya, JJ, Zeke, Everest and Zamora, who was born the day before he died, in a perfect example of the circle of life. In the newest generation, Worth even had a great-great-grandson, Oliver. Additionally, he is survived by his nephew Cory, his biological brother Leonard, and biological sisters Jinny, Linda, Karen and Pearl. Several other biological siblings predeceased him.
Worth and Carolyn’s beloved pups Bunny and Chunk are missing him dearly, especially Chunk, who did not leave Worth’s side during his final days and seemingly notified everyone whenever Worth was awake.
Worth requested that there not be a funeral, or a sad memorial service. He always had great stories to tell, so in his honor we will have a celebration of life on October 2 from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Eagles Lodge, 306 N Durbin, Casper, Wyoming. Bring your best stories to remember Worth by.
In lieu of flowers please consider donating to the Adult and Teen Challenge of Wyoming 501(c)(3). PO Box 2804, Casper, WY 82604. As Worth said, “There isn’t a family in the country that has not been affected by drugs in some way.”
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