Elwood C. “Woody” Spencer of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, passed away June 2, 2018, at his home at the age of 86 years. Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home in Milton-Freewater in charge of arrangements.
Woody was born June 4, 1931, in Rugby, Virginia, the son of Kyle and Denton Testerman Spencer. He spent his childhood in Elk Creek, Va., where he attended school through the ninth grade, earning his GED when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1948.
Woody’s home port during his time in the Navy was San Diego, Calif. He was a small craft operator and ran torpedo retrievers out of Point Loma, Calif. He served for several years on the USS Midway. He spent time in both the European and Pacific theatres, including tours in Korea and Vietnam. He was a member of the All Navy Rifle Team in 1961.
Woody retired from the Navy in 1968 and remained in San Diego, working in construction until 1974 at which time he and his family relocated to Milton-Freewater. He continued working in construction until 1987, at which time he retired.
Woody was an avid outdoorsman and loved to hunt and fish. Over the years, he and his family took annual comping trips in Northern California and he went on hunting excursions in Utah, Colorado and Idaho, along with many other western states. He spent several years hunting with hounds in the Blue Mountains. He enjoyed working with the “Government Mountain Cowboys,” Rocky Robbins, Duane Tate and Monte Thomas. He enjoyed countless hours cowboying with Herb March and the Heinemann family. He was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Woody is survived by his wife Lollae Spencer; daughter Wanda (Wes) Williams; sons Perry (Donna) Spencer, Jeff Spencer and Gary (Shannon) Spencer; stepson Paul Noreen; stepdaughters Katie Noreen and Susie (Ed) Bridwell; sister Lucille Burris; brothers Blair, Curtis and Gary Spencer; seven grandchildren and one great-grandson.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Timothy; and a sister, Edith.
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