Keizer – Woody was born in Robinsdale, Minnesota to John and Jenny Obert. The family moved to Oregon in 1942. When Woody turned 18 he enlisted in the Army, completed flight training school and became an Army Air Corps pilot. In 1944 he was sent to the China Burma India theater of WWII as a C-47 pilot, logging as many as 100 hours of flight time per week in support of ground troops. He received numerous citations including the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal.
Following discharge from the service he attended Oregon State University and Willamette University where he graduated in 1951. While at Willamette he met his wife Patricia, they enjoyed 60 years of marriage, traveled extensively and played golf every chance they got.
Woody was recalled to active military duty during the Cuban missile crisis in 1960. Afterwards, he restarted his military career and flew C-119 “flying boxcar” aircraft for the 939th Tactical Airlift Group based in Portland and later the 303rd Air Sea Rescue group based in Riverside, California. He retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1980. Pat and Woody moved to McNary golf course 20 years ago and escaped the Oregon winters to their winter home in Palm Desert at the first sign of rain.
Pat and Woody had two children, Linda Tier of Salem and Jeff Obert of Corvallis. Woody is survived by his wife, children, son-in-law, Jim Tier and grandchildren, Emmy Tier, Michael Tier, Kevin Obert and Rachel Obert. He is also survived by two sisters, Janice (Dave) Van Dyke, Winnie Dalby and his brother, Elwyn (Donna) Obert.
The family would like to thank At Home Assistance and Willamette Valley Hospice. A family gathering will be held at a later date. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.
His wit and sense of humor provided us with many “Woodyisms” that will continue to make us smile for years to come. Woody was a good friend, a wonderful father and a loving husband. We were all lucky to have had him in our lives.Print