Loren Elmer Woodside

Born: Tue., Aug. 19, 1930
Died: Sat., Sep. 29, 2012


Memorial Service

11:00 AM Sat., Oct. 06, 2012
Location: Memories at Sunset Event Center


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Loren Elmer Woodside passed away on September 29, 2012 as a result of an auto accident following a day of hunting.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012, at 11:00 A.M. and will be held at Memories at Sunset Event Center, 915 Bypass Highway, Richland, WA 99352.  Sign the online condolence book at www.burnsmortuary.com  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton handled arrangements.

Loren was born in Spokane, Washington, August 19, 1930 to Lyda and Frank Woodside. Frank managed a crew of lineman for the Washington Water Power Co., and they moved several times. As a result, Loren attended Grade School in Lind, Middle School in Davenport, and High School in Ritzville. He graduated from Ritzville High School in 1949.

Since his dad worked for the Washington Water Power, as a kid he had summer jobs that included hoeing weeds around power poles. This gave him lots of experience killing rattlesnakes. The presence of hobos during the depression era was a significant memory from Loren’s childhood. They passed by their family home seeking handouts and he recalled pitching rocks at them by the Lind railroad station until one day when one such hobo caught him.

While in high school he delivered groceries for the local grocery store.  As a result he knew everyone in town.  He also attended most of the dances in the county. 

He was in the Seabees branch of the Navy during the Korean Conflict from 1950 to 1954, as part of the supply chain.  He was stationed at Subic Bay in the Philippines. 

While in the Navy, he received electrical training, and after being discharged worked for the REA in Othello.  In 1954 he married Pat Cline. In 1957 he realized his life long dream to become a farmer, and began farming in the Lind area, where he and Pat raised their family.  They were married for 23 years.

For a few years Loren raised pigs.  His children have memories of chasing the pigs back into the pen during a dust storm. 

 As a child he often asked for a horse, and his father would tell him no, because they had no place to keep one. Loren would respond saying that they could keep it in the garage.  But his own kids were delighted when one day he showed up riding a black pony, which was the beginning of the family’s adventures with horses.

While living on the farm he always had a bird dog.  The first hunting dog killed off most of the chickens, but Loren wanted the dog far more than chickens and so that was the end of their experience raising chickens.

He was the principle breakfast cook for his family while his kids were growing up.  He did not believe in cold cereal; real men ate pancakes. He eventually experimented with sourdough and his sourdough pancakes became a favorite, even at hunting camp.  He also freely gave advice on nutrition that usually included eating raw garlic.

Loren married Sherron Bunch in 1978. They retired from the farm and moved to Lexington, Oregon in the early 1980s. Their marriage ended in 2004.

His true passions in life were hunting and trapshooting. He took part in trapshoots all across the Northwest, and hunting expeditions as far away as Alaska and Canada. His grandchildren knew him as Grandpa Grizz due to his bear hunting interests and stories.

He loved to play Santa at Christmas time for his children and grandchildren, and even continued that role in later years for local community events.

He was a mentor to family and friends, and a source of positive encouragement. He enjoyed researching the family history and was a great storyteller. 

He is survived by his three children: Kathryn Woodside, Scott Woodside, and Lori Woodside; and the love of his life Sherry Sager.  He is also survived by four grandchildren and three great grandchildren. His parents, and his sister, Barbara Teske, preceded him in death.

Loren was a member of the Masonic Lodge all his adult years.  In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that donations be sent to the Shriners Hospital for Children or the charity of your choice.

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Martin Lopez & Family
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Lori, Kathyrn, Scott and Family, I would like to express my deepest sympathy in the loss of your dad, grandfather and great grandfather. It is a most difficult time for you and all others that knew him. I will always cherish and remember our times together. He was very special to me. I will miss our lengthy telephone calls, his advice and his laughter. I feel honored and glad that he was part of my life. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Dan and Laura Stilson
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Dear Lorens family. We havent seen you kids since you were SMALL. We were so sorry to hear Loren passed away. We will miss his visits here in Lewiston and the good times we shared. He was a "best man" at our wedding in Ritzvile 62 years ago.
Sincerely, Laura and Dick

Lucy Rios Sandoval
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Our prayers for his family and please know that friends are here for you to share you loss. Take care of each other.

Steve Mcclaine
   Posted Thu October 04, 2012
Scott, I am sorry to hear about the passing of you father. From what I just read, it looks he was a very interesting man.

Dick & Marie Cline
   Posted Fri October 05, 2012
Kathryn, Scott, Lori et. al. It is so sad to learn of Loren''s passing. He had a wonderful enthusiasm for life. He didn''t do anything halfway. Treasure your memories of him as you comfort each other.

Cindy Cline Stoutenborough
   Posted Fri October 05, 2012
Uncle Loren figures prominently in my childhood. Visits to the ranch, with horses (and Blackie!), dogs (Happy & the German Shorthaired Pointers) and kittens galore was like a dreamland for me. Uncle Loren was the funny one with a bright red beard, that played with us kids, and gave me special treatment as the 'youngest' of all the kids and cousins. He's left behind many memories that you will treasure. Hugs to all of you.

Dave Campbell
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
I truly never knew a more loyal and trustworthy friend than Loren. His dedication to friendship with my dad in his final years was beyond the call, but that was Loren. He had a heart of pure gold, and never failed to make friends from all walks of life. He will truly be missed by the many, many people he encountered throughout his life.

Kellyn Krueger
   Posted Mon October 08, 2012
I love you Mom, Aunt Lori, and Uncle Scott. I'm so sorry about grandpa and sorry Luke and I weren't able to make it to the memorial service. I have many memories of grandpa, but will miss his laugh most of all - it must sound like music in heaven.

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