Thomas P. Woogerd
Published: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 6:21 p.m.
Thomas P. Woogerd, a lifelong Healdsburg resident with a love of adventure, died at his home on Jan. 21 after a short illness. He was 66.
He suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Woogerd attended Healdsburg schools, serving in the Army National Guard after he graduated from high school.
He worked as a truck driver and a heavy equipment operator, did building demolition and also worked as a vineyard manager for Mazzoni Vineyards, according to his niece, Wendy Solaas of Healdsburg.
“He was outgoing. He had a lot of heart,” Solaas said. “He was grumpy, grouchy at times, but he had a lot of heart. He would help out anybody and he was very family oriented.”
Woogerd also had an adventurous side, competing in demolition derbies, drag racing and speedboat racing, barefoot water-skiing and skydiving.
He also drove the chuckwagon for the Trailblazers and was a Harley-Davidson rider.
“He was just all out, especially when he was younger,” Solaas said.
He is survived by his mother, Violet Woogerd of Healdsburg; daughters Michelle Trask of Cloverdale, Dee Kemmer of Florida and Nicole Wolfe of Boonville, who is serving in the U.S. Navy; a brother, Rodney Woogerd of Washington state; and nine grandchildren.
A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the B&B Lounge in Healdsburg.
— Bob Norberg
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