Alvin Oscar "Woody" Bertelson
April 17, 1950 - September 4, 2011
Woody was born in Midland, South Dakota, to Alvin Oscar Bertelson Sr. and Ethlyn Curtis Bertelson. He spent his younger years living on a small horse and cattle ranch with his sisters. Not being allowed to work with cattle with all the cowboys, Woody developed hid roping skills by practicing on his mother's chickens.
At the age of 5 years, he was "The Champion Chicken Roper of Haakon County, South Dakota."
After his father passed away, the family moved to Hot Springs, South Dakota.
In 1970, Woody joined the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam until 1972. It was then he moved to Clallam Bay and started working in the logging industry.
On April 4, 1972, Woody married Vivian Tennyson of Hot Springs. They had five children. They divorced in 1986.
Woody and the kids moved to Joyce, where they became active in the Joyce Bible Church, Little League Football, and the Joyce High School football teams.
In 1991, he married Theresa "Teri" Christensen and combined their families. Together, they were active in Back Country Horseman. Woody served as president, and together, they logged many trail-clearing hours and attended many trail rides.
Horses and farming were great loves of Woody's. He was well known with his team of Belgian mares Minnie and Pearl at the local fairs competing in the weight pulls. He also logged with them, being able to have fun and work at the same time.
Woody's other passion was skydiving and flying. He has logged almost 200 jumps and did his first solo flight in 1990.
Woody's biggest passion and love was for his family and friends. Everyone always got a smile and warm, big bear hug from him. On Sunday, September 4, 2011, Woody was suddenly called home to be with his Lord father.
A celebration of life was held at the Woodard Property on September 10, 2011.
He leaves behind wife Terri; daughter Amanda Bertelson Holman; sons Patrick, Daniel, Brian and Darin Bertelson, and David McNally and Kevin McNally; 14 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters Cricket (Ethlyn) Luscume, Julie Hall and Mary Bertelson; and five nieces and nephews.
Please share your memories of Woody, as we are creating a memorial book and your contributions are welcomed.
Arrangements under the direction of Jessica Eshom-Hampton of Harper Ridgeview Funeral Chapel, Port Angeles, WA.