Norm Woodall

A man of great character and love, Norm Woodall died Oct. 18, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.

Celebration of Life services will be held on Oct. 25, at 11 a.m. in the Immanuel Baptist Church, 1201 N. China Lake Blvd.

Norm was born on Feb. 3, 1935, in Dubuque, Iowa, to Maria and Norman Woodall. Norm’s childhood was spent in Dubuque, where he attended grade school and graduated from high school. After graduation Norm joined the U.S. Army. After serving his first enlistment, Norm went to the University of?Iowa on a G.I. Bill grant.

After graduating with a bachelor of dcience degree in electrical engineering, Norm accepted a job offer from the Navy and moved to the Naval Ordnance Test Station, China Lake, where he lived in temporary housing while tolerating the “terminal winds.” His major contributions were to the Sidewinder program.

For enjoyment, Norm took up camping and fishing. Norm raised his two children, John and Christy (now deceased), in Ridgecrest.

He loved the outdoors and social life. Norm eventually found his true love and married Leah Dingess. They were together for 29 years. Leah and Norm enjoyed traveling for work and pleasure, going back and forth across the United States, visiting program sponsors, relatives and friends; seeing the sights; and making new friends.

Wife Leah, son John, daughter-in-law Suzie and faithful Springer companion Gracie survive Norm, as do sisters Joann and Betty, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and beloved cousins and friends.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the American Heart Association or the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA).

Submitted by the family of Norm Woodall

Story First Published: 2012-10-24