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Gary Kimble (GK Woody) Woodruff


1946 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Gary Kimble (GK Woody) Woodruff Obituary
Gary Kimble Woodruff (GK Woody) June 7, 1946 - April 4, 2012 Visitation for Gary Kimble Woodruff will be held at Basham Funeral Care (3312 Niles Street) on Monday, April 9, 2012 from 5:00-9:00 p.m. Memorial services will be held at the First United Methodist Church (4600 Stockdale Hwy.) on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. Gary was born in Bakersfield, CA to George and Ruby Woodruff. He was the oldest of three and raised in McFarland, CA where he attended McFarland High School, and was active in FFA and Drama Club. After graduating in 1964, he attended Bakersfield College where he appeared in several plays before beginning a career in broadcasting. In 1968, while working under the air name of GK Woody at KUZZ Radio, he caught the eye of the Advertising Traffic Girl, Sandra Leigh Kilgore. They were married on November 1, 1969, and made their home in Bakersfield. Gary was a devoted father to his two daughters, Tamee Kelly of Bakersfield, and Michelle Stewart of Scotts Valley, CA. Gary had many hobbies and his love for photography led him to a part-time career in wedding photography. After almost a decade of working in broadcasting, he formed an advertising company, the Woodruff Agency in conjunction with his long-time friend and colleague of over 40 years, Joe Scott of the Scott Agency and wife, Kathy. Together they were involved in the publication of the Farm News published by the Kern County Farm Bureau. In 1990, he starred in a noncommissioned pilot episode for the television series, "Lost legends of the Old West", produced by American West Productions. Gary loved fishing, camping, tinkering at his workbench, shooting, and for some time, being a part of The Good The Bad and The Ugly, a western reenactment group. Gary is survived by his wife of 42 years, Sandy; his two daughters and sons-in-law, Tamee and Sean Kelly, and Michelle and Mike Stewart; his sisters, Linda Larrew and Debbie Fosdick; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rick and Jana Kilgore and their daughters and spouses, Gayla Kilgore and Joe and Dawn Kilgore and John, and their mother, Marsha; nieces, Kristina Pinto and John, Arian Miller, Marcy Fosdick and Adam, Casey Rosenlieb and Chad and, Melissa Fosdick; abundant great-nieces and great-nephews; and the lights of his life, his grandsons, Tyler Stevenson-Kelly and Garret Kelly. The family would like to express their gratitude to all of their extended family, friends, co-workers and employers for their support. For additional information, please contact Basham Funeral Care at 873-8200. Basham Funeral Care www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Apr. 8, 2012
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