Lee Satterfield Woodside, 91, of Ardmore, Oklahoma, passed away on January 14, 2013, in Edmond, Oklahoma, with his family at his side. The family will receive visitors at the family home, 608 Franklin Drive, Ardmore, on Saturday, January 26 at 2 p.m. Military honors and burial will be at the family cemetery in Thomasville, Missouri.
Lee (Bud) was born in Thomasville, Missouri, on November 17, 1921. He grew up as a son of the Ozarks exploring, hunting and fishing in the hills and forests of the Eleven Point River Valley where his mother taught school and his father was a farmer and businessman. He left the farm for college but like many young men of his time volunteered to serve his country during WWII. He came home after 2 years, 7 months and 10 days a decorated war hero.
Lee was ordered to active duty as a private in the U.S. Army Air Corps on February 26, 1943. After completion of Aviation training he was commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant AC, Reserve on February 26, 1944. After transition training aboard a B-24 "Liberator" he was assigned to Rackheath, England, 791st Squadron, crew 81, 467th Bombardment Group (heavy), 2nd Air Division, 8th Air Force. Lt. Woodside served as Navigator, relief Flight Engineer and Radio Operator. Lt. Woodside distinguished himself as Lead DR Navigator during his operational tour and received a "Superior" efficiency rating for his general performance of duty as Lead DR Navigator and Instructor. On one combat mission to bomb rail facilities north of Hamburg, Germany, the mission received heavy flak but was able to return to Rackheath with two engines dead and one landing tire cut to pieces. After stopping in the grass strip between two runways, the crew counted 125 holes in their bomber.
Lt. Woodside was relieved from combat duty on March 15, 1945. His awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal w/4 oak leaf clusters, American Campaign Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal w/4 bronze service stars, World War II Victory Medal, the Marksmanship Badge with Pistol Bar and an Overseas Service Bar. In addition he received a Certificate of Valor from the Commanding General, 96th Combat Bomb Wing (Heavy) and the State of Missouri Veterans Recognition Award. His Campaigns included Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes Alsace and Normandy with thirty (30) combat bombing missions in a B-24"Liberator". He was released from Active Duty on October 8, 1945, and returned to Oklahoma A&M College receiving a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering in 1947. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Air Force in 1966 as Captain.
After college, Lee became a Registered Professional Engineer. He worked in the Oil and Gas industry in Cyril, Okla., and Ardmore, Okla., where he was employed by Vickers Petroleum Corporation, now Valero, for 24 years with 10 years as Plant Manager. He left Vickers Petroleum in 1976 to become Manager of the Kuwait Wafra Oil Company in Kuwait where he and his wife, Dina, spent the next 4 years. After Kuwait, he was employed by Plateau Refineries in Roosevelt, Utah, and Bloomfield, New Mexico, becoming Vice-president of both Refineries. He retired from civilian employment in 1987. Lee was always active in his Community, serving on a myriad of Boards and Committees including president of the Ardmore School Board, as a member of the American Petroleum Institute, National Petroleum Refiners Association, American Legion, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Charles B. Goddard Center, Greater Southwest Historical Museum, Military Memorial Museum, Kiwanis International and Lions Club. Lee was also a member of the Woodside Masonic Lodge in Thomasville, Missouri, and served as a City Councilman in Roosevelt, Utah.
Lee was married to Nadina Joy Powell on September 14, 1947, and they remained married until her death in 2006. The couple made a dynamic team with Dina's love of music and busy musical career complementing Lee's passion for sports. An avid and talented sportsman from youth, Lee was on the varsity baseball team while attending Oklahoma A&M and actively supported the OSU sports program as an alum. Lee coached Little League baseball while his sons were growing up and was seen golfing in driving Oklahoma sleet more than once.
Lee is survived by two of his three children, Clare Woodside and Bob Woodside, his nine grandchildren, Merritt, Matthew, Katie, Meredith, Aaron, Christian, John Clare, Gray and Lee Michael, four great-grandchildren, Tyler, Madison, Morgan and Hannah; his brother, John A. and sister, Harriett; his nieces and nephews; and many more family and friends.
Lee is preceded in death by his wife, Dina (Deedee); his daughter, Nancy Leigh Witman; as well as his sister, Posey Clark.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be given to the Mable Symons Woodside Memorial Scholarship at Arkansas State University.
The family of Lee Woodside wishes to thank Centennial Hospice and Bradford Village of Edmond, Elmbrook of Ardmore and the First Methodist Church of Ardmore for their love, care and support.