Whitehall, New York – Kenneth S. Woodruff, 86, of Beckett Road passed away peacefully from a longtime illness on Sunday, April 17, 2022, at his home in Whitehall, New York, with his loving family at his side. He was reunited with the love of his life, Thelma, on the 10-year anniversary of her passing.
Born May 19, 1935, in Gurn Springs, New York, he was the son of the late Leslie and Violetta Woodruff.
He moved to Whitehall in 1954 where he met his loving wife Thelma, who lived just up the road from him. They were married on Sept. 11, 1955. He owned and operated Woodruff Hill Farm on Beckett Road until 1993. He also owned the Woodruff Seed Co. for a few years in the 1980s. Ken then worked for the National Farmers Organization as a milk inspector, retiring in 2011 to take care of his wife Thelma. While employed by NFO, Ken hosted the radio show “Farm Paper of the Air” on WVNR out of Poultney, Vermont.
Ken enjoyed spending time with his family and beloved dog Marley, woodworking, gardening, sharing his “farm stories” and watching his all-time favorite “Walker, Texas Ranger.” From the age of seven, he held a lifetime passion for gardening, always receiving numerous seed catalogs and searching through them over and over.
Survivors include his two sons and four daughters Stanley Woodruff (Brenda) of Whitehall, Janet Goodrich of Fair Haven, Vermont, David Woodruff (Lori) of Fair Haven, Carol Castor (David) of Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, Susan Woodruff (Keith) of South Dayton, New York, and Lynn Wilson of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; his sister Viola Woodruff of Hurley, New York; and several nieces and nephews. He also is survived by his best friend and beloved dog Marley, who gave him the will to fight to the end.
Ken was predeceased by his parents, his wife Thelma, brothers James Woodruff, Robert Woodruff and Ralph Woodruff and sisters Vivienne Woodruff and Kathleen Woodruff.
The family wishes to thank the Whitehall Health Center, specifically Dr. Spillane and Cheri Williams, for the loving care of Dad Woodruff. Also, a special thank you for the staff and aides at Fort Hudson Health Network (a special appreciation to his aide Brittany) and High Peaks Hospice for all the help and support.
Calling hours were 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, at the Jillson Funeral Home Inc., 46 Williams St. in Whitehall. A funeral service was conducted at 2 p.m., following calling hours with Pastor Pamela Bolton of the First Baptist Church of Whitehall officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to High Peaks Hospice of Queensbury, New York, or Skenesborough Emergency Squad of Whitehall, New York.
Interment will be later in the spring in the Greenmount Cemetery in Whitehall.
Online condolences may be made at jillsonfuneralhome.com.