Woodcock, Valbert "Leslie"

Date: Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011
Time: 4:00 to 8:00 PM on Saturday and after 9:00 Am on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011

Visitation Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Date: Sunday, January 16, 2011
Time: 1:00 PM

Service Location:
Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair, MO

Luebbering Citizens Community Cemetery, Grubville, MO

Memorials / Donations:
May be made to Luebbering Citizens Community Cemetery, Grubville, MO


Valbert Leslie Woodcock, known to all as Leslie, of Luebbering, MO, departed this life in Fenton, MO on January 13, 2011, having reached the age of eighty-nine years, four months and twenty-seven days. Leslie was born in Luebbering on August 17, 1921, son of Edward Leroy Woodcock, Sr. and Blanche Ethel Woodcock nee Martin. On October 20, 1951, he was united in marriage to Clara Fae Essman and one daughter came to bless this union. On October 30, 1978, he was united in marriage to Maude Burlage nee Turner and their families were joined as one.

Leslie is survived by his daughter, Marcha Lang and husband, Eddie, of Sullivan, MO; by three grandchildren, Tony Blackwell and fiancée, Cathy Voss, of Sullivan, Casey Bridgeman and wife, Kimberly, of Sullivan and Angie Ojo of Ashland, OH; by one brother, Edward L. Woodcock, Jr. and wife, Annette, of Luebbering; by four great-grandchildren, by his step-grandson, Paul Wayne “Casey” Burlage and wife, Brenda, of Bourbon, MO; by nieces, nephews, great and great-great-nieces and nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

Leslie was preceded in death by his parents, Edward, Sr. and Blanche Woodcock; by his wife, Maude Woodcock; by one brother, Alfred Leo Woodcock; by two infant siblings; and by his step-son, Paul Ray Burlage.

Leslie was a Christian and member of Fairview United Methodist Church in Grubville, MO. He was a journeyman maintenance mechanic by trade and a retiree of the International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers, Local 1104 in St. Louis, MO. He was also a retiree and thirty-three year employee of Wagner Electric in St. Louis. At one time during his working career, he worked for the United States Navy building missiles. He was a very patriotic man and was an associate member of the American Legion Post 347 of St. Clair, MO. Les was a great mechanic and often worked on cars for others. He was a handyman and there wasn’t much Les couldn’t fix. He loved to garden and spend time outdoors on the family farm. Above all else, Les was happiest when he was spending time with his daughter and her family. His grandchildren were his pride and joy and he cherished the time they shared.

A loving, kind and devoted father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great and great-great-uncle, cousin and friend, he will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew and loved him.

Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at Russell Colonial Funeral Home in St. Clair with Dean Woodcock officiating. Interment was in the Luebbering Citizens Community Cemetery in Grubville, MO. Memorials may be made to Luebbering Citizens Community Cemetery, Grubville, MO.