Henry “Hank” Norman Wooderson Sr.

Tygh Valley, Ore.

December 19, 1927 - April 24, 2014

Henry ‘Hank’ Norman Wooderson Sr, passed away on April 24th, 2014 at the age of 86. Hank was born December 19, 1927 to Alva and Cleo
Wooderson in Mt Moriah, Missouri. Hank was the youngest of 7 children, 2 girls: Iris and Marjorie; 5 boys: Cecil, Max, Harley, Delbert and Henry Wooderson. When Hank was in his early twenties his family moved to Yakima, Washington where he met Lucinda ‘Cindy’ Henne. They married in September of 1948 and moved to Tygh Valley, Oregon in 1952, where they raised 7 children.
Hank worked at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation as a bus driver and laborer. In 1952 careers change to BPA Transmission Lines which brought them to Tygh Valley where they settled and raised their family. Hank eventually went to work for Cody Logging Company building roads in the timber. Later his working career was with Mt Fir Lumber company both at the Tygh Valley Mill and then at the Maupin Mill. With Cindy by his side, they started a ‘home based re-saw’ business producing lathe, stickers, and survey stakes and fruit box material. Another skill of Hanks was to build patio furniture out of old barn wood and cedar picnic tables sold at Don’s Dairy.
Hank enjoyed gardening and raising goats at the home. Hank spent many seasons on the banks of the Deschutes River at Shearers Bridge with his brother Delbert Wooderson and many friends who shared the love of fishing. He was an avid hunter of deer, pheasant & quail supplying the family with fresh fish and game. Hank, Cindy and family would travel to the mountains to pick mushrooms and huckleberries. Occasional trips to Huntington, Oregon Snake River to night cat-fish. In the summer time Hank would go to The Dalles to load up his pickup with local fruits and vegetables and bring back to Tygh Valley to sell. Hank and Cindy would travel in the warm evenings on rural roads and Hank would snag rattle snakes lying on the warm pavement. He would skin them and got a kick out of coiling and freeze the rattle snake for his grandsons.
Hank was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Lucinda E Wooderson and daughter Lois Jean Mann. Surviving family; Roy & Jeannie Wooderson, Beverly & John Lousignont, Carol ‘CJ’ Redman, John Mann, Donna & Tom Troutman, Henry & Debbie Wooderson, Traci Stefanik. Grandchildren: Natasha & Karrina, Karisa and Jonathan, Lucy, Nick and Nathan, Jessica & Victoria, Chelsea, Trevor & Blake, Garret & Mason and 5 great grand children.
Private services will be at the Tygh Valley Cemetery.


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