Floyd Allen Woodruff, 81, of Danville PA and Jacksonville FL, died
peacefully Monday, July 9, 2012 at the home of his daughter, Karen Griffin
of Danville PA. He was born April 2, 1931 in Rush Township, Northumberland
County PA the son of the late Frank and Grace Cromley Woodruff.
He attended the East River School House for seven years and graduated from
Danville High School in 1948. He attended Airplane and Engine Mechanic
School at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. He also attended an Industrial
Engineering Program through Penn State University. Floyd was certified as
an electrician and plumber.
He served in the United States Air Force from 1950-1954 during the Korean
Conflict and in the US Army Reserve 814th from 1958-1964. From
1965-1977, he served in the PA Air National Guard 193rd TEW Group
and served in the Vietnam Conflict. He was a Master Sergeant Instructor and
Flight Engineer. While serving his country, he received numerous medals and
letters of commendation including: Vietnam Service Medal and a medal for
2,000 hours flown and he accumulated more than 4,600 hours of flight time.
During his military career, he traveled to six continents including every
country in the world except Russia and all 50 States in the USA. Mr.
Woodruff was employed for 22 years at TRW, Danville PA where he was a
maintenance supervisor. He also was employed for four years at Bloomsburg
Mills, Bloomsburg PA.
Floyd was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Mayberry
Township, Danville PA where he served for many years as a Sunday school
teacher and superintendant. He also sang in the choir. He was a 32nd
Degree Mason. Along with his wife Ellen, he was a foster parent for 30
Floyd enjoyed spending time at the beach. He built a log home by himself.
His greatest enjoyment was spending time with his family. Floyd also spent
many afternoons cooking for family, friends and neighbors at the “Red Roof”
Sharp Ridge picnic grounds.
He was married for 46 years to Ellen Geary Woodruff who preceded him in
death in 2007. He is survived by one son, Keith Woodruff and his wife
Angela of Danville PA and two daughters; Karen Griffin and her husband Al of
Danville PA and Kaye Hrubes and her husband James of Ft. Worth TX. He was
preceded in death by his son, Kevin Ward Woodruff in 1967. He is also
survived by four grandchildren; Rachael Griffin her fiancé Jason Brown and
Aaron Griffin, and Katherine and Wyatt Hrubes. He is also survived by two
sisters; Elsie Hamel of Bethlehem PA and Alice Shultz of Danville PA. In
addition to his wife and son, he was preceded in death by two brothers;
David and Vernon and two sisters; Ruth and Lorraine. Also surviving are
numerous nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Celebration of Floyd’s Life to
be held Saturday, July 14, 2012 at 11:30 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church 29
High Road (Mayberry Township) Danville PA with the Reverend Christoph Teille
and the Reverend Susan Rogutski officiating. Friends will be received from
10:00 AM to the time of service at the church. Burial will follow in the
church cemetery. Military rites will be accorded by the United States Air
Force Honor Guard and 193rd Special Operations Wing Base Honor
Guard. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church
Cemetery Fund. Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral
Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.