Richard Lee Woodruff, 66,
of 307 Sharp Ridge Road, Mayberry Township, Danville PA went to be with his
Lord on Sunday morning August 2, 2009 at his home surrounded by his family.
Richard was a lifelong farmer, farming at the present location since 1971.
He was born on December 26, 1942 in Danville PA the son of the late Lee and
Alice Campbell Woodruff.
Richard married Betty Hoy
on April 27, 1968. He was a member of St. Johnís Lutheran Church Mayberry
Township where he served several terms on the church council.
He graduated from Danville
High School in 1960. He was a member of both the Danville FFA and the
Mayberry 4H Club where he had chicken, pig and wheat projects. He enjoyed
farming with his father and later with his two sons. Richard enjoyed going
to flea markets and to cattle and equipment auctions. He also enjoyed
Sunday drives and visiting family and friends. Richard enjoyed hunting and
in later years, especially looked forward to stopping by Markís Butcher Shop
to socialize or to lend a hand. He was always ready to help a neighbor or a
relative. He loved spending time with his grandchildren. He really enjoyed
trips to the cabin in New York.
Richard served on the
Montour County Extension Board, the Montour County Soil Conservation Board,
the Columbia-Montour Farm Service Agency, the nominating committee for Ag
Choice Farm Credit Service, Committee Person for Montour County Republican
Committee, and the Montour County Farm Bureau Legislative Membership and
Policy Development Committees.
Richard was also quite
proud of his two sonsí ability to restore tractors. They rebuilt and
restored many antique Farmall and International Harvester tractors and,
along with friends and other family members, entered them in shows and
tractor pulls throughout the area. Richard enjoyed following the process
from start to finish.
Richard was preceded in
death by his brother Allen Woodruff in 2002, a nephew Andrew Bird in 1986
and a brother-in-law Thomas Hoy in 1968.
In addition to his wife of
41 years, he is also survived by his three children: two sons; Dean Woodruff
and his wife Debra and Michael Woodruff and his wife Karen all of Danville
PA and one daughter, Debra Shuman and her husband Richard of Mainville PA.
Also surviving are his grandchildren Lindsey McAnnaney and her husband
Steven of Montanden PA; Jason Showers, of Danville PA; Steven and Courtney
Shuman of Mainville PA and Kate and Hunter Woodruff of Danville. Also
surviving are three sisters; Mary Alice Dumbauld and her husband Kenneth of
Harrisburg PA; Norma Bird and her husband David of Catawissa PA and Mildred
Grose and her husband Gary of Liverpool PA. He is also survived by his
sister-in-law Mary Woodruff of Catawissa PA. Also surviving are 6 nieces
and 8 nephews.
Relatives and friends are
invited to attend a Celebration of Richardís life Wednesday, August 5, 2009
at 11:00 AM from St. Johnís Lutheran Church 29 High Road Mayberry Township
Danville PA with the Reverend Christoph Teille officiating assisted by Linda
J. Bird. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends will be
received Tuesday evening from 7:00-9:00 PM at the church and from 9:00 AM
Wednesday until the time of service. The family will provide flowers.
Memorial contributions may be made to either the St. Johnís Lutheran Church
Cemetery Fund or Columbia-Montour Home Health and Hospice 410 Glenn Avenue
Suite 200 Bloomsburg PA 17815. Arrangements are under the direction of
Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 W Mahoning Street Danville PA.