A Local Fire Fighter is Laid to Rest

by Courtney Wheaton on June 3, 2014 at 6:55 am

A funeral was held on Tuesday for a Wayne Township Fire Fighter who had been with the department for nearly 60 years.

Walter "Woody" Woodruff Jr., 91 of Duncan Falls was laid to rest in the Duncan Falls Cemetery. Woodruff held many titles including Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and the unofficial handy man for the station.

" He was a mechanic in the army in World War II and he brought those mechanical skills with him to the fire service. Woody could fix anything from the smallest engines on the chain saw to the biggest engine on the truck." said Fire Chief, Donald Alexander.

During the funeral procession fire trucks lined SR 60 crossing their ladders in respect for woodruff. Friends, fellow fire fighters and family gathered to say their last good byes at the grave site. The celebration ended with a dinner, where colleagues shared stories about Woodruff’s life.

" In 1977 we decided to build our own tanker truck and Woody being the go to person was there a lot. He invented what we called the 15 minute job, he would tell his wife that he needed to go to the fire house because we have a 15 minute project tonight. Well after about three or four times Mary realized that meant he’s coming home at 11′ o’clock that night," said Alexander.

Woodruff was also known for owning Zane Auto Parts in Zanesville for more than 40 years and making one of a kind trophies for local car shows. Woodruff was laid to rest with full military honors.