Coy Gene Woodmansee, 80, son of Ray and Hazel Stephens Woodmansee, was born Jan. 7, 1922, at Van. He died Nov. 5, 2002, at his home in the Elk Creek area. He spent his youth in the Polk County area, graduating from Pleasant Hope High School. He moved to California and worked at La Habra Fruit Co. in Los Angeles prior to entering the Army at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Before going overseas, he received training as an aircraft me-chanic and aerial gunnery. During World War II, he was a member of the bombarding group Army Air Force stationed from September 1943 until November 1944 at Buckingham, AFB, in Norwich, England. His first bomb raid was over Berlin in daylight plus 29 more over Germany and Occupied Europe as a nose gunner on a B-24 bomber. After completing his tours, he returned to the state to be an aerial gunnery instructor in Walla Walla, Wash. During his 20 years and six months of service, he also served in the Korean War, stationed in Japan, and later a tour of duty in French Morocco. He earned the Air Medal and Distinguished Flying Cross and Oak Leaf Clusters. He married Wanda Brown in 1955. They had six children. Mr. Woodmansee retired from the Air Force July 31, 1965, and re-turned to Cabool to work for his sister and brother-in-law in their store and farm. He was preceded in death by one son, Coy Jr.; a daughter, Diane; and two brothers, Cecil and Ray Jr. Surviving are his wife; his children, Linda Griffith of Columbia, Mike Woodmansee and Mark Woodmansee of Cabool and Donna Bade of Springfield; his sisters, Betty Ayres of Billings, Bonnie Sigman of Cabool, Dorothy Clark of Republic, Jo Ellen Skelley of Springfield and Raydene Woodmansee of Ozark; and six grandchildren. Services were Nov. 7 at the Elliott-Gentry Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Orval Gayer officiating. Burial with military rites by the Missouri Honor Guard was in the New Bethel Cemetery near Halfway. “

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