Woody Wooderson, 93, died Thursday, July 18, 2013, in The Dalles, Ore., at the Oregon Veterans’ Home, where he has lived the last three years.
He was born Jan. 28, 1920, on their family farm near Mount Moriah, Mo. He had two sisters and 4 brothers. All are deceased, except for Henry, still living in Tygh Valley, Ore.
He was inducted into the Army Nov. 3, 1941, where he served on Cadre, training recruits for three years. He served in Europe in General Patton’s 3rd Army in three battle campaigns. He was in Germany at the end of the war. He was honorably discharged Dec. 19, 1945, and received several medals including three bronze stars.
He worked around the western U.S., ending up in Moro, Ore., building grain elevators. There he met Katie Geiser, and they were married in 1950. They moved to Chicago for one year, while he went to school. They have four children: Greg, Debbie (Gary), Phil (Deanna), and Delbert; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He worked for the Oregon State Highway Dept. for 30 years. He was involved in Little League when his boys were young. The American Legion was a big part of his life for 55 years, and he eventually held the title of Commander for Oregon.
He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, square dancing, watching sports, and playing cards and games. Every year he took the family into the mountains searching for huckleberries and wild mushrooms. In his last years, he took his sons and son-in-law on dream fishing trip to Canada fishing for halibut and salmon.
Woody and Katie were married for over 62 years, until her death Dec. 31, 2012. They lived in Moro for 60 of those years.
A memorial gathering will be in Moro at the Sherman County Senior Center Saturday, July 27, from 2 to 5 p.m.
Donations may be made to the American Legion or charity of choice.
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