Victor Henry "Vic" Woodrick, a decorated military service man, a longtime Bellville Independent School District business manager and well known businessman, died Saturday, March 25, 2006. He was 88. Vic and his wife, Ora Nell, owned and operated City Cleaners on the square in Bellville from 1951 through 1965 and he served as the BISD business manager from 1960 through 1979. He was also director of San Bernard Electric Co-op from 1980 until 1997. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, 2006 at St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville with the Pastor Jennie Jones and Pastor David Henske officiating. Pallbearers were A.W. Armstrong, Scott Stevens, Doyle Krumrey, Ronnie Krumrey, Alan Krumrey and Otto Falk Jr. Interment was in Oak Knoll Cemetery, Bellville. Vic was born October 12, 1917 in Benton Harbor, Michigan, the son of Albert and Amanda Prillwitz Woodrick. He was raised by his father and stepmother, Louise Ott Krieger Woodrick, on a fruit farm near Sawyer, Michigan. Vic's own mother died in 1919, along with a newborn sister. His large, extended family included sister Evelyn; step brothers and half brothers and sisters -- Arnold, Margaret, and Dorothy Krieger; Caroline, Helen, Elaine, Norma and Raymond Woodrick. Following graduation from New Troy (Michigan) High School, where he was Salutatorian, and Michigan State College, Victor enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was sent to Ellington Field in Houston. There on June 22, 1942, he married Ora Nell Krumrey of Bellville. He spent the war years as a flight instructor training candidates to become B-24 and B-26 pilots. After the war, vic taught Vocational Agriculture in Dowagiac, Michigan. The Woodricks moved to Bellville in 1950, buying a farm on the Burleigh Road where they lived and raised cattle for more than 50 years. Vic continued his military service in the Air Force Reserves as local liaison officer for the Air Force Academy until his retirement as Lieutenant Colonel in 1977. A member of St. John Lutheran Church in Bellville Since 1950, Vic served on the Church Council, was active in Men in Mission and taught adult Sunday School classes for 20 years. His civic affiliations included the Chamber of Commerce, Lion's Club, American Legion, American Cancer Society and Coshatte Hall. He also served as a volunteer parole officer for Austin County for 12 years, and for many years as a volunteer election judge. Vic is survived by his son and daughter-in-law: James and Frances Woodrick of Austin; grandchildren: Amy W. and Scott Stevens of Houston, and Tracy W. and Alfred W. Armstrong of Austin; twin great grandchildren: Sadie and Jeb Armstrong; as well as nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Ora Nell, who passed away March 12, 2005, and their daughter, Pamela Kay, who died in 1949, at the age of 2. The Schmidt Funeral Home handled arrangements.
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