William Werner Woolman was born January 21, 1923 at Dallas, Texas to William Newton and Mary Elizabeth (Werner) Woolman. He died peacefully at home in his sleep on August 27, 2010 in Shell Knob, MO.
He attended school in the first and second grades in Wichita Falls, Texas. His parents moved back to Watonga, Oklahoma in 1931 and he graduated from Watonga High School in 1942. In August 1942 he enrolled in Radio Engineering at Tonkawa, Oklahoma under the National Youth Administration.
On October 20, 1942 while on the way back to school, he stopped in Enid, OK and joined the United States Marine Corps. He reported to Oklahoma City on November 2, 1942 and was sworn in on November 3, 1942.
He was assigned to VMB 423, a Marine medium bomber squadron, at Cherry Point, NC. After several weeks of training was sent to El Centro, CA. for final preparation before going to the South Pacific. After 57 combat missions he was sent home and finished the war as an instructor at Cherry Point, NC. He was discharged November 2, 1945 and was awarded two DFC’s & eight air medals.
In September 1949 he enrolled at Phillips University as a music major. Also in March 1947 he accepted a commission in the 45th Division, Oklahoma National Guard. As a result of this he was recalled on September 1, 1950 with the Division and went to Japan and Korea. He served with the 3rd Battalion 179 Infantry.
Bill went back to Southwestern State College and finished his degree in Education. He became a Teaching-Principal while finishing his Masters Degree. He worked at Sickles and Greenfield Schools in that position before accepting the Superintendent’s position at Drummond, OK.
After 4 years at Drummond, he accepted the Superintendent’s position at Yarbrough in Texas County, OK. He stayed there from June 1966 to June 1982 when he retired and moved to Shell Knob, MO.
He completed the last of his 20 plus military years with the Oklahoma National Guard and retired as an Infantry Captain.
His retirement years at Shell Knob, MO., on Table Rock Lake were a dream come true. He always wanted to live on a lake where he could fish any time he wanted.
He was a member of American Legion, DAV, Shell Knob Lions, VFW, Chamber of Commerce, served on the Stone County Senior Citizen Serviced Tax Board, was a member of the Central Community United Methodist Church and has served on several other boards and committees. He was also listed in “Who’s Who In American Education”, and “Who’s Who in the South and Southwest”. He was a past member of Phi Delta Kappa and served on two area Boy Scout Councils.
He was a life time member of the Methodist Church and was a Sunday School teacher in his home church at Watonga whenever needed.
He is preceded in death by his parents William N. and Mary E. Werner Woolman.
He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Gwendolyn, E. “Gwen” Dupree Woolman, Shell Knob, MO.; Son, Col.(Ret) William W. “Rocky” Woolman, II, Antlers, OK; Daughter, Patricia A. “Patty” Woolman Brady and husband Dave, Antlers, OK; Son, LTC (Ret) Paul D. Woolman and wife Debbie, Niceville, FL; Son, LTC (Ret) Bruce A. Woolman and wife Debra, Estes Park, CO; Son, Capt.(USAR) Daniel N. “Danny” Woolman, Orlando, FL; 20 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Monday, August 30, 2010, in Central Community United Methodist Church, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Reverend Teressa Clyde will conduct the services. Burial with military honors will be at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, August 31, 2010, in IOOF Cemetery, Watonga, Oklahoma.
The family will received friends from 4:00 until 6:00 P.M. Sunday in Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob.
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made in his name to the Central Community United Methodist Church, Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 268, Shell Knob, MO 65747; which he established.
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