Wendell L. Woodring, 86, of Conneautville, passed away Tuesday, March 5, 2013, at Rolling Fields Inc.
He was born in Saegertown on Oct. 1, 1926, to the late Warren and Ruby Kelly Woodring. He married Janet L. Bean on June 16, 1956. She survives.
Wendell was a graduate of Allegheny College and the University of Maryland. While working as a border control agent, he took classes at the University of Arizona. He served our country during World War II as a U.S. Army captain. While in the Army, he furthered his Army career working in narcotics and criminalistics as well as being involved with the CID. This experience helped him in what became his life career as a detective. In 1949 he opened and operated Woodring Detective Agency, which is still in existence. He also taught advanced sciences at the former Randolph High School in Guys Mills, Cambridge Springs High School and retired his teaching career from Jefferson High School in Ohio. He was a member of the Erie and Crawford County Fraternal Order of Police. He loved pets, especially cats.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of 56 years, include a son, Scott Woodring of Conneautville; a daughter, Donna Armburger and her husband, Steve, of Guys Mills; a niece, Coleen Manning, and her children, Kelly and Kimber.
He is preceded in death by a sister, Hazel Manning.
A memorial service will be held Monday at 3:30 p.m. at White-Cool Funeral Home, 1405 Main St., Conneautville. The Rev. Bob Trask and the Rev. Marshall Lillie will officiate.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Crawford County Humane Society, 11012 Kennedy Hill Road, Meadville, Pa. 16335; or to a charity of the donor’s choice.