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Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Wendell “Pat” Woodcock

A Celebration of Life Service for Wendell “Pat” Woodcock, age 89, of Windom, will be held Monday, April 3rd at 11:00 A.M. at the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom, with Pastor Sarah Larsen Tade and Pastor Mike McInnis officiating. Burial will be at Bethany Lutheran Cemetery in rural Bergen.

A time of visitation and gathering will be held Monday, April 3rd from 10:00-11:00 AM at LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom.

Pat Woodcock passed away peacefully under hospice care on Tuesday, March 21st, at his home in Windom.

Arrangements are under the care of the LaCanne Family Celebration of Life Center in Windom. Condolences and memories of Pat may be sent online to www.lacannefuneralhome.com.

Wendell “Pat” Henry Woodcock was born on August 14, 1933, to Willard and Selma (Hanson) Woodcock in Windom, Minnesota. He graduated from Windom High School in 1951. Pat continued his education at the University of Minnesota, where he studied Geophysics for five years.

On June 15, 1963, Pat was united in marriage to Phyllis Schmidt at the United Church of Christ in Henderson, Minnesota. The couple lived in Windom, where Phyllis was a kindergarten teacher, and Pat worked as a surveyor for Cottonwood County.

Pat had a green thumb and was a Cottonwood County Master Gardener. He grew over 75 varieties of grapes, as well as an assortment of fruit trees, including peach, apricot, pear and apple. With his passion for grapes, Pat was a founder of the Grape Growers Association of Minnesota and worked in collaboration with the MN Arboretum to encourage the development of grapes that would grow and thrive in the Minnesota climate for wine making. Additionally, Pat served on the Board of Directors for Windomnet in the development of cable television.

Pat is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis Woodcock of Windom; two brothers, Harold (Ruth) Woodcock and Hayes Woodcock; brother-in-law, Loren (Carol) Schmidt; nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends.

Pat was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Bonnie (Steven) Drexler; brother, Jack (Irene) Woodcock; in-laws, George and Mary (Brandt) Schmidt; brothers-in-law, Orville Schmidt and Ivan (Mabel) Schmidt; sister-in-law, Judy Woodcock; and half-sister, Josephine Lange.

Blessed be the memory of Pat Woodcock.

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