Cecil Dorven Woodruff 1917 - 2005 Overbrook
Services for Cecil Dorven "Hap" Woodruff, 88, Overbrook, will be at 10 a.m. Friday at Overbrook United Methodist Church. Burial with military honors will follow in Overbrook Cemetery.Mr. Woodruff died Friday, Aug. 26, 2005, at the Topeka VA Hospital.He was born March 12, 1917, in Henrietta, Mo., the son of William Pierce and Emma Jane Richardson Woodruff. He graduated from Overbrook Rural High School in 1935.Mr. Woodruff served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a Tech Sergeant in World War II. He served as a radio operator aboard B-17 aircraft flown from England. He was shot down over Western Poland on Oct. 7, 1944, and liberated from a prisoner of war camp by Russian forces on May 2, 1945. He worked for Tutcher's Magic Gas. He later worked for the U.S. Postal Service and retired in 1981. He was a member of Anderson-Raible American Legion Post 239 in Overbrook, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Scranton, Topeka Moose Lodge 555, Arab Shrine Temple in Topeka, 457th Bomb Group Assn., and American Ex-Prisoners of War.He married Frances Elizabeth Kroeger on Feb. 28, 1942. She died March 2, 1960. He married Leora Bachelor Garst in 1963. They divorced.A son, Cecil D. Jr., died Oct. 1, 1948.Survivors include three daughters, Carole Frances Turner, Berryton, Barbara Ann Woodruff, Overbrook, and Susan Jane Mohr, Lawrence; eight grandchildren; and a great-grandson.Friends may call from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Greenwood-Roberts Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday.The family suggests memorials to the Overbrook Library or American Cancer Society, sent in care of the funeral home, P.O. Box 268, Overbrook 66524.