RED ROCK — William D. Woehlecke, 92, died peacefully at home of natural causes, not COVID-19 related, on March 11, 2021, surrounded by his family.
Mr. Woehlecke was born in 1928 in Pontiac, Illinois, and was a son of William and Josephine (Erler) Woehlecke. He was raised in Sikeston, Missouri, next to his parents' Woehlecke Florist & Greenhouse business. In 1950 he received a bachelor's degree in agriculture from the University of Missouri, Columbia. He served in the Marine Corps, including in the Korean War, and was a Reserve officer with a final rank of captain. In the summer of 1952 he moved to Arizona and started as a clerk for Producers Sunland Cotton Gin at Friendly Corner and later became manager. In the 1970s and '80s he was manager of Triple E Cotton Gin.
He married Alice Jane "A.J." Kinney of Kinney's La Osa Livestock Co. in Red Rock in 1956, where he later became manager of the ranching operations. Together they raised their five children on the ranch. Along with his ranching and farming, he served on the board of Pinal County Electrical District 5 for 58 years. He also enjoyed serving his surrounding community on the Red Rock Elementary School District board, Pinal County 4-H board, Arizona Power Authority and Central Arizona Irrigation District board. He was a member of the Arizona Cattle Growers and Southern Arizona Cattle Protective Association.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife; a son, William "Gus"; and a brother, Edward Woehlecke. He is survived by four adult children, Greta Magee, Sonya, Karl and Ted Woehlecke; 10 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
A private family graveside service was held.
The family said eat beef and support your local florist in his memory.
Marana Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.