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Lloyd C. Woolfe


Lloyd C. Woolfe, 94, was born in Tillamook, Oregon on March 9, 1920 to Howard and Amelia (Eckloff) Woolfe.

He attended Tillamook High School and graduated in 1938. The following year he entered Oregon State College in Corvallis and majored in geology. During this time he met his future wife.

Lloyd graduated with a B.S. in 1942 and joined the Navy as part of the American World War II effort. He received an honorable discharge and in 1946 married Ruth Blair, his wife of 34 years. Together they had four sons (Rick, Van, Greg and Lynn) over the next 10 years.

Lloyd worked as a geologist for the federal government and State of Oregon for the next 36 years, including an early stint in the Panama Canal Zone where Rick was born. He also worked for the federal government in California out of Stockton.

He started working for the State of Oregon Highway Department as a regional geologist in 1956. He was promoted to chief geologist in 1962, a position he held until retirement in 1982. Lloyd had a long and fulfilling retirement until his death.

Lloyd was a man who loved playing chess, listening to and recording classical music and improving coastal properties through hard work. He will be missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his former wife Ruth, four sons, six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. A graveside service with military honors was held March 22 at Claggett Cemetery in Keizer. Arrangements entrusted to Keizer Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services.