Douglas George Woessner
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Born Oct. 19, 1926 Athol, Mass. Died Dec. 27, 2018 Wisner, Ne.
Douglas was born Oct. 19, 1926 to Julius & Estelle Woessner, Athol, Mass. at home. He had 1 brother, Robert & 4 sisters, Exelene Simonin, Hilda Cogswell, Charlotte Tedford & Grace Wesockes. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Robert, 2 sisters Exelene & Grace, his daughter Charlene Brodeur, a step-son, Herbert Hines Parfitt, a step son-in-law Vernon Butcher, a step-grandson William Butcher, and Doug’s wife Ruth. He died at Wisner Care Center, Dec. 27, 2018.
He is survived by sons Robert, Doug (Jill) & Ronald, daughters Carol Bui (Pat) & Nancy Harrold (Robert), Step-daughters, Pat (Vernon) Butcher & Sue (Francis) Drum, step-sons Jim Hines, Don Hines, many grand-children, great-grandchildren, great, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
He joined the Navy when he was 18 in 1944. He served during WW2 & was awarded many medals. He was a Seaman 2nd class. He served in the South Pacific on the U.S.S. Bennington & was a gunner’s mate. He was out of commission for awhile, while he recuperated from having shrapnel in his back. He asked to go back into service after he recovered, and they let him return to the U.S.S. Bennington. He was in the Navy Reserves 10 years. He was presented with a Quilt of Valor in 2017.
He married in Freda Isles in 1946 & had 2 daughters, Charlene (Mike) Brodeur & Anne Kitteredge. They divorced in 1951.
He married Ruth Marie Hines, July 24, 1953. He adopted Ruth’s daughter Nancy in 1954. They had 5 children together, Douglas, Robert, Carol, Ronald, & Timothy. Step-children are Patricia Butcher, Herbert Hines, Jim Hines, Susan Drum & Donald Hines. They were married 58 years.
He drove semi-trucks for 40 years, the last 15 years his wife Ruth drove with him also. They traveled all over the U.S. driving truck & making many memories. They lived in many states and loved to travel. They moved to their final home, in 2010, Nye Square in Fremont, Ne. Ruth died from cancer just one year after they moved there. Doug remained in Independent Living until 2017 when he moved to the Assisted Living Apartments. He made many friends while he was there. He loved to ride his scooter from one end of the facility to the other, greeting friends along the way. At Christmas time he would pass out wine & chocolates to all the residents. He remained there until December 21st when he moved to Wisner Care Center where he died.