Obituary-Truman Ezra Woellhof

Truman Ezra Woellhof died on November 28, 2022, at the age of 91 doing what he loved – working in his workshop. A farmer in the Oakhill area for over 60 years, he raised crops and livestock, and could fix almost anything that needed repair. Restoring vehicles was a favorite of many hobbies. He spent many months working on a 1917 Model-T, a 1950 Chevy, an Allis-Chalmers tractor and a 1938 bulldozer. Using walnut and oak from the property, he made beautiful wood projects. Whenever conditions were good for fishing, he’d be ready to head out and drop a line. After retirement from farming, he enjoyed many rounds of golf with his brother, Eldon, in Chapman.

“Ezzie” served in the National Guard for 2 years and was also a member of the Masons. In his early years, he played on the Oakhill slow-pitch team, eventually being the senior member as a pitcher. He was a member of the Oakhill Presbyterian Church, serving as an elder and was often the first volunteer on improvements at the church. For over 20 years, Truman and Leona wintered in Texas and Arizona in their RV. Longtime KSU fans, they often brought the RV to home games for tailgating with friends and family.

Stricken with Guillain-Barre Syndrome in 2013, he fought back from complete paralysis and defied predictions from the doctors that he would never walk again. After working tirelessly for 6 months in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities, he finally returned home.

Truman was born on 12/27/1930 to Ezra and Grace (Ford) Woellhof in Clay County Kansas. He had 5 siblings, Gwain Woellhof, Richard Woellhof, Melvin Woellhof, Phyllis Hartner and Eldon Woellhof. On February 12, 1952, he married Leona Binder, celebrating their 70th anniversary earlier this year.

They had 3 daughters: Debra (Jerry) Braden, Dana Barnes and Tamara (Dave) Douglass.  There are 5 grandchildren, Lindsay (Chris) Clinton, Brett Barnes, Scott (Jenna) Douglass, Conner (Haley) Douglass and Logan Douglass. Greatgrandchildren are Avery Douglass, Jackson Douglass, Mason Douglass, Chase Clinton, Ezra John (EJ) Clinton, Grant Clinton and Vivian Douglass.  One brother, Eldon Woellhof.  He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Phyllis and brothers Gwain, Melvin and Richard.

Visitation will be held from 4-6 PM on Friday, December 9, 2022, at Neill-Schwensen-Rook Funeral Home in Clay Center.

Memorial services will be held at 11AM Saturday, December 10 at the Oak Hill Presbyterian Church in Oak Hill.

Memorials may be made to Oakhill Presbyterian Church or Rett Syndrome ( c/o the funeral home.

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