Alton Llewwllyn Worth prominent Maine horseman, resident of Dresden for 23 years, died in peace at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center after a brief illness. He was 83. The son of Norman and Hazel Worth of Monticello, he was born Aug. 17, 1921 on a farm in Aroostook County. Mr. Worth lived on the farm until he was 12 and attended local schools. At 15 he took a job as cook in a lumber camp to help support his family. He was in the highway construction business in New London, Conn., when he was drafted into the Army for WWII. In December 1942, Mr. Worth shipped out to England with the 131st Yankee division Trucking Outfit on the HMS Queen Mary, which was serving as a troop ship at the time. The ocean liner was so crowded that the swimming pool had to be drained for the troops to sleep in. Mr. Worth then joined the 26th Infantry where he served under General Patten. He fought in The Battle of the Bulge and was involved in combat in 13 countries. After the war Mr. Worth ran a health spa for the Army in Germany for a short while. His return to the States was on the Liberty Ship Marine Wolf. After coming home he married Gladys Sidel and worked 4 years in Connecticut before coming back to Maine to buy land and build Worth's Wayside Store in Clinton. Mr. Worth did garage work, and ran the Mom and Pop store for 15 years. Mr. Worth won an award for the most Texaco gas sold in Kennebec County. After selling the store and garage in 1959, Mr. Worth followed his life long dream of breeding, raising, training and driving standard bred racehorses. At one time he had a stable of 18 horses. Four of his horses, 2 and 3 year old pacers and trotters, all made the finals in all four classes, which was not a common occurrence. Between Scarborough Downs and the Windsor Fair, Mr. Worth's horses including J's Ring of Fire, won five stakes races. After losing seven of his horses in a fire at the Windsor Fairgrounds, everyone thought he was finished. So strong was his love of horses, however, that he did not give up. He bought land in Dresden and built a stable with ¾ mile training racetrack. He drove for the last time at age 76. When he retired, in 1996, Mr. Worth had become one of the foremost horsemen in Maine harness racing. He was a member of both the Maine Breeders Association and the Maine Harness Association. He was also at one time a member of the American Legion and Veteran of Foreign Wars Association. Mr. Worth is pre-deceased by a brother, Otis and a sister, Evelyn. Surviving him are his brothers Stanley Worth of New Jersey, Norman Worth and wife Evelyn of Smithfield, Clifton Worth and wife Delores of Alfred; plus many nieces, and nephews. He is also missed by his dear friend and companion Patricia Gray with whom he resided in Dresden in his later years and her daughter Linda Gray of Gorham. Visiting hours will be held Sun., June 26 from noon till 2 p.m. at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Ave., Gardiner, where a funeral service will follow at 2 p.m. A special thank you to the Richmond Elder Care and Augusta Rehab Center for the much loving care he received. In lieu of flowers, donations to Ever After Mustang Rescue Training and Education Center, 463 West St., Biddeford, ME 04005.