Obituary of Carl Edwin Woods
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Carl Edwin Woods, longtime resident of Santa Rosa, California on Friday morning, June 21st, 2019 at the age of 93. Affectionately known as Bill, he was married for 48 years to Sidnii Woods who predeceased him by seven months. They both resided in Salinas, California for a short time before they died. From his marriage to Sidnii, Bill is survived by his stepson, Lee Purkey and Lee’s wife, Angelie Purkey and their two sons, Nathaniel and Joshua Purkey and predeceased by his stepson Roger Reid and survived by Roger’s wife, Shannon Reid and their two sons, Steven and James Reid. From his first marriage, Bill is survived by his son, Greg Woods and Greg’s children, Brent Woods, Melanie Meixner and Riley Woods. He is also survived by his daughter, Karen Beaubien and her children, Michelle Hough, John Beaubien and Alysea Geraths. Bill is also survived by 8 great grandchildren, Hayden, Kaylee, Micah, Cody, Lauren, Kendyll, John and Colton. From his family of origin, Bill is predeceased by his parents, Edgar and Byrniece Woods, and his older sister Annabelle Biscailuz, who passed just a week before him, and he is survived by his younger sister, Carolyn Stultz.0 Bill was born in Huntingon Beach, California on April 9, 1926. As a young man he helped his father in the pickling and condiment business and enjoyed growing up in what was a small California coastal town known for agriculture and oil. At the early age of seventeen Bill joined the Merchant Marines and was trained as a ship's radio officer on Catalina Island and in Boston. During the war years he sailed on multiple Victory and Liberty ships across both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, crossing through the Panama Canal several times, helping to bring supply to the newly landed troops in Europe and the Pacific. In these voyages his ships dodged German and Japanese submarine attacks as well as air bombardment. Loss of life during the second world war among merchant marine servicemen and women was greater than service deaths among all other branches of the military services combined. Bill served as the acting radio officer on board the SS Cornelius Vanderbilt during the battle of Okinawa, recognized as the largest battle of the Pacific in WWII. During the battle the Vanderbilt survived multiple Japanese air assaults and a savage kamikaze hit that killed one third of the crew. The Vanderbilt's gunnery crews had already been credited with knocking down three Japanese attack planes, and in one day knocked out two more, including the kamikaze attacker. The Vanderbilt, loaded with ammunition and weapons for the island assault, barely survived the attacks and after unloading, limped back to San Francisco for repairs. The Cornelius Vanderbilt is recognized as the most decorated merchant marine vessel of the battle of Okinawa. Bill's civilian career life began early after returning home from the war, working for the Signal Oil and Gas Company as an administrator for more than twenty some years. He went on to serve in a myriad of ways in energy development for a number of companies and in public service- through his work in Burma Oil, Conoco Phillips, Amin Oil, and finally in Geysers Geothermal and Cal Pine in northern California developing the first geothermal energy generating power plants in Lake County. Through his years in energy development in California he was continually working to serve the greater community, especially in Lake and Sonoma County, through his support of the Boy Scouts, membership in Lion's Club, Rotary, and other public service organizations. After moving to Santa Rosa in 1976, Bill began to delve deeper into his personal Christian faith, seeking community and worship. He and his wife Sidnii, joined as members of First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, where they both served in ministry and mission, and enjoyed community groups and bible studies together. Through life Bill was known for his kindness, loving heart, self-control, inner strength, easy-going attitude, and good humor. He was ever kind and loving to his wife Sidnii, who he adored to no end. Bill had a passion for photography, matting and framing artwork, which he did fully in support of his wife's art career. Bill was an ardent conservative politically and served as the head of the Orange County Republican Party for time, mixing socially with many in the Orange County political scene in the 60's and 70's, including past presidents, vice presidents, governors, and Walter Knott. Above all, he was merciful, loving, and tender-hearted as a friend to all, a caring father and husband. He never spoke ill of another...ever. His was an amazing heart that can rarely be matched.
He is greatly missed!