Melvin Woodruff

June 19, 1926 - March 6, 2018
U.S. Armed Forces Veteran
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Melvin Francis was born to parents John Frank and Flossie J (Sappington) Woodruff on June 19, 1926. He was the second of 4 children born to John and Flossie. He passed from this life on March 6th, 2018 at the age of 91. He attended school in Cowden, OK through the ninth grade, then started working at various farm-related jobs, in addition to helping his father.

When Melvin was 20 years old, he volunteered for a tour of duty in the U.S. army near the end of WWII. After receiving his basic and infantry training, he arrived in Japan for duty, only to learn that he had been reassigned to fill in a gap in the "medical unit". He was later called back to the U.S. because of a medical issue with his father, Frank and was later granted an honorable discharge, so he did not return for duty in Japan.

On August 7, 1949, Melvin married his sweetheart, Mary Fern House at her parents' home near Carter, OK. To this union three children were born. Together they farmed and sold cream and eggs for extra income. The family operated an AMPI dairy for more than 16 years where they milked as many to 100 head of cows twice a day EVERY day of the year! Melvin and Mary Fern then went into partnership with their son Alvin and wife, Anita and remained involved in the dairy business for another six years.
Melvin served on the Alfalfa school board, was a member of the Cowden Farmers' Gin, the American Milk Producers, Inc., and the Northside Church of Christ in Cordell. He was an avid Rook player and enjoyed fishing and traveling with friends (as soon as the children were old enough to help run the dairy).

Melvin was preceded by his parents, brother John and sister Laura Etta Richey. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, his three children, Gary and wife Leslie of Carnegie, OK., Alvin and wife Anita of Watonga, OK., and daughter Marita and husband Ronnie McKee of Cordell, OK.

Also surviving are grandchildren Andra Speerbrecher and husband Shannon, Stefannye Prange and husband Tye, April Woodruff, Tiffany Robison and husband Dwight, Todd Woodruff and fiance Christine Burns, Justin McKee and wife Michele, Angela Hanes and husband Ryan, and Ryan McKee and wife Amber, nine great-grandchildren, sister Guilda Lou Walker of Orange Park, FL., and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Visitation: 9:00 a.m., ~ 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018
Ray & Martha's Funeral Home
Cordell, Oklahoma
Funeral Service: 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 10, 2018
Northside Church of Christ
Cordell, Oklahoma
Interment: Sappington Chapel Cemetery
Cowden, Oklahoma

Service Information

Date: March 9, 2018
Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Date: March 10, 2018
Time: 2:00 pm
Date: March 10, 2018

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Richey Stovall
Edmond, OK
Uncle Melvin, you are already missed. Give my Grandma a hug and kiss for us when she greets you.  Thank you for being a guiding light for our family.
Becky Hurst
Orange Park, AZ
My Dear Uncle Melvin, I miss you already!! I remember you sharing on one of our visits how you started making money by marketing items and selling them to classmates, and when you went into the military you did the same.  So, from a very young age you were destined to be successful in business. 
It sure would be fun to be able to go back in time so we could enjoy a day on the farm with you and Aunt Mary Fern and all the family.
Mom ( Guilda Lou) talks of you and Uncle Johnny fighting and how your daddy used to hold you apart and say “Now boys.”
Say hello to Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Johnny, Aunt Laura Etta and Uncle Delbert for me and Mom. Hugs to you all! Our hearts will hurt because we don’t get to see you here like we used to...
Love you, Becky and Sis
Sharon Wilson
Carnegie, OK
A wonderful tribute to father & husband that raised a family as they should be raised. A generation of hard working, loyal, honest, sincere, trustworthy, mentoring, Christian, loving parents. A generation that will be truly missed. Just as I was raised by my parents. May God bless each of us daily.
John Woodruff
Paso Robles, CA
Uncle Melvin, I will forever cherish the memories as a boy when we got to visit you on the farm. I loved sitting and listing to the many stories of you and daddy growing up. You are a great man and your greatness shines bright through the wonderfull family you raised. You will be missed and I send my love with you as you walk the streets of heaven.  John....
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