Oct. 5, 1911 — Nov. 30, 2013
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Woodrow J. Ward Sr., known as “Woody” by family, friends and business associates, a longtime Christmas tree farmer who was active in the greater Placerville community, died Nov. 30, 2013, at 102. He was born in Westville, Ohio on Oct. 5, 1911. He was preceded in death by his wife, Martha; and sons, Woodrow Jr. and Michael. He is survived by his son, Thomas (Susan); and by his grandchildren, Christopher (Ashley) and Nicole (Keith); and great-grandchild, Alyssa.
Woody received degrees in civil and electrical engineering from the University of Cincinnati, worked with the U.S. Corps of Engineering in West Virginia and then proceeded to enter World War II, heading to the Asian Pacific Theater. He spent time in New Guinea and the Philippines as a Master Sergeant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in unit 1759th. He was awarded two bronze stars and a Meritorious Unit award. Upon returning from overseas, he married Martha “Polly” Sydes and moved to Pittsburg, but then made Walnut Creek their home for almost 30 years. Working for PEM, Woody’s electrical engineering job responsibilities were complex and exciting, including being involved with the electro-magnetic system for the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Woody and Polly bought 40 acres of land in the Pleasant Valley area and created Squaw Creek Ranch & Christmas Tree Farm in the early 1960s. Woody managed the operations until he was 96.
He was a kind and gentle man, always willing to help others and was involved with lots of charity organizations. He had a great sense of humor and always shared his love for animals. His hobbies included designing and building various mechanical, electrical and electronic devices, woodworking and gardening. He was also involved with the VFW and SIRs organizations of Placerville.
A memorial service is set for 1 p.m., on Thursday, Dec. 5, at Green Valley Mortuary, Green Valley and Bass Lake roads in Rescue, Calif.