Joel Amos Woodruff

Born: Mon., Sep. 20, 1926
Died: Sun., Nov. 9, 2014


8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mon., Nov. 17, 2014
8:00 AM to 10:00 AM, Tue., Nov. 18, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Funeral Service

11:00 AM Tue., Nov. 18, 2014
Location: Burns Mortuary

Interment following funeral service

Location: Olney Cemetery

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Joel A. Woodruff

September 20, 1926 – November 9, 2014


Joel A. Woodruff – longtime Pendleton resident died Sunday, November 9, 2014, at his home.  He was 88 years old.  Viewing will be held Monday, November 17, 2014, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Tuesday between 8:00 and 10:00 AM at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton.  Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, November 18th at Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, with interment to follow at Olney Cemetery.  Sign the online condolence book at  Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is handling arrangements.

Joel Woodruff was born September 20, 1926 in Tremonton, Utah, to V.J. and Millie Rosetta Woodruff.  He was raised in Tremonton where he attended Seventh-day Adventist Church School through 10th grade, as well as Welding Classes at Bear River High School.  His family had an airplane on the family farm.  Joel belonged to the Flying Farmers of America Club.  He had a private pilot’s license and could fly cross-country and take passengers.  He narrowly missed military service; WWII was almost over by the time he turned 18.  On November 24, 1947 he married Wilma Lee Randall in Elko, NV.  They moved to: Dallas, Oregon, in 1950; then Lakeside, Oregon, in 1953; to Odgen, Utah, in 1956; on to Boise, Idaho, in 1960; establishing residency in Umatilla County, Oregon in 1975.  Wilma preceded him in death in 1977.  On February 24, 1978, Joel married Joyce Marie Hobdy in Gooding, Idaho.  They made their home in Pendleton.  Joel was a long-haul truck driver, owning his own truck.  He made many cross-country trips and retired in 1985.  He received the American Trucking Association Safe Driver Award for having no accidents for 14 years.  Joel had always been very handy.  He enjoyed building, welding and fixing everything so it wouldn’t ever break down again.  He said the only thing he couldn’t fix was himself.  He was an engineer in everything but a degree.  Joyce preceded him in death in August of 2006. 

He is survived by his children: Thomas Jay Woodruff of Pendleton, OR, Alethea Love Hammer of Emmett, Idaho, and Mildred Hope Cellini of Suisun City, CA, sisters; Mary Ellen Fischer of Falls City, Oregon, Alice Marsh of Dove Creek, CO, and Ruth Maddy of Wahkiacus, WA, as well as three grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Ha was preceded in death by his father V.J. Woodruff and mother Millie Rosetta Woodruff, brothers: Owen, Arlin, Lawrence, Willis, Melvin, Vergil and good little ole’ Wesley, sister dear little Bonnie, his first wife Wilma Lee and second wife Joyce Marie.  


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charles and deborah hearn
   Posted Wed November 12, 2014
there are no words to express the loss you are feeling,our deepest condolences to the family

Kathleen M. Berglund-Gray
   Posted Sat November 15, 2014
Joel will be dearly missed by everyone who has ever met him. He was a good example of the Good Samaritan in the Bible. He always was always helping someone in some way. He was loved by all his family and friends.

mary woodruff Peer
   Posted Sun November 16, 2014
My sympathies to the Woodruff family.
May you find peace in his memories that are in your heart

David, Rebekah and Samantha Gawf
   Posted Mon November 17, 2014
Joel was like a grandfather to my daughters and we had many good adventures together. I will miss him and his friendship.

David Gawf

Randy Randall
   Posted Mon November 17, 2014

A GARDEN PATH was sent by Bud Randall Family.

From the family of Bud Randall

Sarah Woodruff Nigh
   Posted Wed November 19, 2014
Sending my sympathy. I am Wesley's daughter. I remember traveling through to WA. Always spending the night at Uncle Joel's. I remember him as a little teaser. After dad passed away. I sent Uncle Joel a Christmas card every year. Just wanted him to know we were fine. He always sent a note back. May he rest in peace.

Rob & Nola Krenzler
   Posted Thu November 20, 2014
Remember those who have passed on not as they are now, but who they were to you. Cherish the memories for they never really leave us. They live on in our hearts, and in our smiles. Hugs and comfort to the family, Uncle Joel will be remembered of fondly.

eleventh hour warrior
   Posted Mon December 01, 2014
So sorry for your loss. You are in our hearts and prayers.

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