Russell L. Woodcock, 93 of Eau Claire passed away Sunday, October 7, 2018.

Russell was born in Eagle, WI to Glen and Cloe (Williams) Woodcock on March 28, 1925. He was the oldest of nine children. Russell graduated from Tony High School in 1943 where he was undefeated in boxing. Shortly after graduation he was drafted into the US Army. He was a World War II veteran, serving in Okinawa and Korea. Russell attained the rank of Staff sergeant. He was a life time member of VFW Post 305.

On April 23, 1947 he married his high school sweetheart, Sophie Perczynski in Ladysmith, WI. They enjoyed 69 years together until her death in 2016. Russell was a mill-wright foreman at Uniroyal where he retired in 1985.

Russell and Sophie traveled in their motor home, spending a few winter months in Florida and Las Vegas. He enjoyed camping and fishing with his relatives. In the past years he looked forward to his Wednesday bus trip to the casino with his brother Bill and sister Norma.

Russell is survived by his daughter Shirley (Ken) Watson of Eau Claire; son John Woodcock of Eau Claire; grandchildren: Dan (Jodi) Watson, Chad Allen, Kelly (Aaron) Oas, Tami (Tim) Hagmann, and Mark Veitch; and eight great-grandchildren. He is further survived by his brother Bill (Cathy) Woodcock of Chippewa Falls; sisters: Gail Sommerfeldt of Waterloo, Iowa, Norma Kressin of Chippewa Falls, Mikki (Gary) Rooney of Appleton, WI, Judy (Bob) Boettcher of Chippewa Falls; sisters-in-law Leona Lee of Eau Claire and Mary Sterba of Ladysmith; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Russell was preceded in death by his wife Sophie, daughter Terri, sister Verda, brothers Lyle and Laurence “Shorty” Woodcock.

A funeral service will be held at St. Olaf Catholic Church on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at 10:30am with Father James Kurzynski officiating. Visitation will be held at Smith Funeral Chapel on Wednesday from 4:00 to 7:00pm and one hour prior to service on Thursday. Burial will take place at Sacred Heart Cemetery. Family and friends may leave online condolences at


  1. I was so sorry to hear about Russ. He was a wonderful friend and neighbor for many years. Sending condolences to his family.

  2. It was a great pleasure and honor to work with Russ at UniRoyal for close to 20 years. He was the guy to go to on a project, no matter which craft you worked in. If he didn’t have the answer he’d find out who did. He’ll surely be missed at the monthly Tuesday morning breakfasts at Mom’s Kitchen.

    My condolences to all the family. R.I.P. Russ.

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