Elwood Bailey “Woody” Bredell Jr.

Elwood Bailey “Woody” Bredell Jr.

Death 28 Sep 2012 (aged 84)
Burial Sedona (Coconino County Side), Coconino County, Arizona, USA
Plot Section H - Block 18
Memorial ID 98651227 · View Source
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Elwood Bailey Bredell Jr. passed away shortly before sunset on September 28, 2012, at the age of 84. "Woody" was born July 5, 1928 in Hollywood, California. He was the son of Gertrude Grace Stone and Cinematographer Elwood Bailey Bredell Sr. Woody was preceded in death by his parents and his sister, Jacqueline Bredell Moreno.

Woody grew up in Hollywood, but traveled a different path, far from glitz and glamour. His mother died when he was just 13, but Woody was quite self sufficient by that age. He enjoyed backpacking in the High Sierras, and visits to the Stone family farm in Oregon. He graduated from Hollywood High in 1947, then worked as a mail boy for Warner Brothers Studios. Woody decided not to pursue a career in the motion picture industry however, and joined the Army in 1950. He served in Korea and was promoted to Sergeant.

After the war, Woody enrolled at UCLA on the GI Bill. It was there he met Marjorie Kay Henderson, and they were married on February 19th, 1955. Woody graduated in 1957 with a BA Degree and a major in Geology. He was employed with Standard Oil of Indiana and was sent to their offices in New Mexico. As a field geologist, Woody was able to combine his knowledge of rock formations with his love of the great outdoors. Woody liked to explore "the back country" and blaze his own trails. Gardening was one of his passions. He was an avid fisherman and game bird hunter, as four generations of black Labrador retrievers would attest.

In 1965, AMOCO moved their offices to Denver, Colorado, so Woody and family were transferred to the big city. Woody made many valuable contacts downtown, and eventually went into business for himself. His success in the oil and gas industry enabled him to pursue other adventures. He obtained a private pilot's license, and was a certified deep sea scuba diver.

In 1980, Woody and Kay returned to California to enjoy the semi-retired life in Los Osos. Woody had an office and boat slip in Morro Bay. He searched for prospects, offshore and on, and supplied his family with freshly caught seafood and home grown fruits and veggies. Wherever he lived, Woody was known for his infectious positive attitude, selfless generosity, engaging conversations, and skill at the barbeque.

In 1991, Woody and Kay returned to the Southwest, and settled in Arizona. Sadly, in 1997, he suffered a major stoke which left him with partial paralysis and aphasia. His walks became shorter, but his mind remained active to the very end. He enjoyed the stock market on television and classic movies, where every now and then, his father's name would appear in the credits. Despite it all, Woody usually woke up singing, and often said, "Life is Good!" He was dearly loved and will be missed by his family and friends.

Woody is survived by his wife Kay, daughter Cheryl, of Cottonwood, son Kevin, (wife Colleen) and their two children Garrett and Brenna, of Highlands Ranch, CO, son Elwood the Third, of Capitola, CA, three nephews and two nieces.

Obituary by Kay & Cheryl Bredell

Burial on October 10, 2012
Grave currently has temporary marker. Headstone and wall will be added later.

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  • Created by: Cheryl Bredell
  • Added: 10 Oct 2012
  • Find a Grave Memorial 98651227
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Elwood Bailey “Woody” Bredell Jr. (5 Jul 1928–28 Sep 2012), Find a Grave Memorial no. 98651227, citing Sedona Community Cemetery, Sedona (Coconino County Side), Coconino County, Arizona, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Bredell (contributor 47660230) .