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Donald Woodley

Donald Alvin Woodley of Grass Valley died Jan. 1 in a local medical facility. He was 82. According to his wishes, no services will be held.

Woodley was born in southern Oregon, the youngest of five children of Clark and Winifred Road Woodley.

As a young man, Woodley worked in lumber mills and as a saw filer in Susanville and the Hjertager Lumber Mill in Callahan. Later, he worked out of Salem, Ore., as a traveling sales representative for Hanchett Manufacturing, selling supplies to many lumber mills in the northern states.



Woodley was married in 1946 to Rose Mary Thomas. A voracious reader until his death, Woodley would go with his daughter once a week to the public library and check out two large grocery bags of books for his week’s reading. He enjoyed the outdoors, fishing and playing golf in his younger years.

Woodley served from 1940 to 1945 with the 236th Army Air Force Base Unit and was honorably discharged as a sergeant. He served as gunnery instructor and received the American Defense ribbon, AP Theater ribbon, American Theater ribbon, and his Service Stripe.




Survivors include his wife, Rose Mary Woodley of Grass Valley; daughters and sons-in-law Donna and Jack Mays of Ferndale and Sharon and Ron Chittock of Grass Valley; son and daughter-in-law, James A. and Jane Woodley of Twin Falls, Idaho; brother and sister-in-law, Clifford and Virga Woodley of Grants Pass, Oregon; 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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