Donald Lee Woodruff

Donald Lee Woodruff, 76, a resident of Montesano, died Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at his home. Don was born Aug. 24, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky, to Franklin Henry and Alice Christabelle (Hooe) Woodruff. He lived in Detroit, Michigan, until age 5, when his parents moved the family to Seattle, thinking they were escaping snowy winters. When it snowed the very next winter in Seattle, they again moved to the Bay Area in California, where it was warmer. He graduated from Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, in 1960. At age 17, he joined the United States Air Force, serving 20 years as a medic in locations around the globe. He met and married Penelope Robinson in Minot, North Dakota, in 1971. She resides at the family home. Don and Penny lived in Columbus, Ohio, when he retired from the Air Force and started a second career as a pharmacy technician. Their daughter, Allison, was born in Columbus. In 1990, they moved to Wenatchee and in 1999 to Montesano. Don was a member of Montesano Presbyterian Church. He enjoyed watching baseball, M.A.S.H. reruns, listening to country-western music and telling stories. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Penny, his daughter Allison (Stephen) Preston of Sumner, Washington, and her children, Logan and Amelia, and a sister, Lynn Sanders of Arnold, California. There will be a celebration of life on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 2 p.m. at the Montesano Presbyterian Church. Cremation arrangements are entrusted to Twibell’s Fern Hill Funeral Home in Aberdeen, Washington.