Cartee' Wood Jr.
Cartee' Wood Jr. (Woody) was born December 16, 1917 in Boise, Idaho, to parents Cartee' Wood and Dorothy Shelby. His grandparents were Carrie Cartee' and Fremont Wood. His ancestors include Lafette Cartee' who was the first Surveyor General for the State of Idaho. Lafette came around Cape Horn and settled in Oregon City, Oregon in 1850. He was also one of the first state legislators for the State of Oregon.
Woody moved to Idaho, attended the University of Idaho and was a member of Sigma Chi and ROTC. He served in the Merchant Marines from 1942-1945 and saw duty in the South Pacific, the East Coast, the Mediterranean, and the Hawaiian islands.
Woody married Ruth Owens in 1942 and had two children, Cartee John Wood (Cathy) and Amber Kipp (Richard). He and Ruth divorced in 1953. During this time he logged and also spent time in Montana where he built fences for the Great Northern Railroad. He and Bob Berryman formed a partnership in the logging business until Berryman was killed in an accident.
Cartee' John Wood has many fond memories of the happy times he and Amber had with their father, fishing, hunting and shooting, and just being together.
Woody married Nina Craft in 1954 and opened Nina's Cafe' on the Siskiyou Summit doing a good business both in the cafe' and in selling and installing tire chains to folks he pulled out of the snow during the winter months. They closed the cafe' when Interstate 5 opened and cut off access to the cafe'. Nina passed away in 1970.
Woody went to work for the Oregon Department of Forestry, and while working there, he met the cute little office secretary, Naomi Childress. They married and Woody gained a whole new second family. They were married 38 years until Naomi's death in 2008. Together they embarked on a five-year project to build a home on four acres near Gold Hill. They dismantled the old Pinehurst Mill buildings on the Green Springs and also numerous other buildings to obtain material for their dream home. The salvage operation meant many hours of cleaning brick and straightening nails, etc. Their wonderful home, overlooking the Rogue River, was the site of many family gatherings. Woody and Naomi loved camping, being outdoors, cruising, spending time with their large family, and keno tournaments in Reno, Nev.
When Woody married Naomi, the whole new family immediately loved and respected him. These family members included four daughters, Betty Haugen, Erma Layton (Gordon), Gayle Byrne (Mike), and Judy Bamforth; and one son, Dale Childress. His grandchildren include: Jann Stevens, Rick Layton (Debbie), Randy Layton (Jill), Jill Monroe (Gordon), Andre Wood (Cinda), Tom Wood (Debbie), Piper Dietz (Jeremy), Lissa O'Halloran (Mike), Michael Wells, Stephanie Wozniack (Jerry), Natalie McCoy (David), Jimmy and Sean Smith, Mark Haugen, and Jon Haugen (Cathy).
Great grandchildren are: Erica Gonzales (Matt); Jennifer Layton; Zane and Tate Stevens; Madison, Cassidy and Parker Layton; Jordan and Andy Monroe; Connor, Devin, Grayson, Keaton and Landon Dietz; Nessa McCoy; Jessica, Ben and Allison Haugen; Brady and Taylor O'Halloran; Parker, Bennet and Alec Smith; Jennifer and Jacob Stefy; and Kayla and TC Wood.
Additionally surviving are four great-granddaughters, two great-grandsons, seven great-great-granddaughters; four great-great-grandsons; and one great-great- great-grandson.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Avis and Francis; and grandsons, Bobby Knight and Cartee' Wood III.
Woody was definitely the cornerstone of this large blended family and he will be greatly missed. His life was WELL LIVED.
We believe that the angels have welcomed him with open arms and that he has started the tradition of Rum and Cokes at 6:00 p.m.
Military honors for Woody will be at 9:00 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2013 at the Mausoleum in Siskiyou Memorial Park, 2100 Siskiyou Blvd., Medford, Oregon.
There will be a gathering at the home of Gordon and Erma Layton at 1:00 p.m., Sunday, September 1, 2013. All are welcome to attend.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Crater Foundation, P.O. Box 5172, Central Point, OR 97502 or to Goodwill Industries, 605 N. Fir., Medford, OR 97501.