Dan WoolridgeOctober 7, 1943 ~ January 4, 2018 (age 74)
Dan Woolridge was born on October 7, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, to the union of Dan Mack, Sr.; and Millie Dobbs Madden Mack. Dan Mack, Sr.; and Dan Woolridge would both later change their names to Woolridge, the name of Dan Mack, Sr.’s father. Dan was also blessed to be raised by his bonus mother, Ruby Woolridge.
As a young child, Dan was raised in Arkansas, however, he also spent time in both Kansas City, and California. Dan graduated high school from Coleman High School located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. After moving to Kansas City, he later met the love of his life, Lula Woolridge, and they remained married until his death.
Throughout his life Dan has displayed many talents. Dan was previously employed by the Turner School District and Deffenbaugh Waste Management prior to his retirement. He also owned and operated his own dump truck company, assisted in the operation of a child daycare, as well as, owned and operated evening lounges on two occasions. He was also previously employed as a painter, cab driver, and over the road truck driver.
Dan had a passion for music and could often be found playing his guitar. In fact, if you were vising the Woolridge residence, you were likely to be asked to provide the lead vocals for a solo while he provided the background music. Dan was the type of person that you would never forget if you met him once. He was as genuine a person you would ever meet. He was also a straight talker with a creative mind and wisdom beyond his years.
Dan dedicated his life to Jesus as a child but he rededicated his life to Christ as an adult under the ministry of his first cousin, Dr. Vernard Johnson.
Dan was preceded in death by his mother, Mother Millie Fields; his fathers, Dan Woolridge, Sr.; and John Madden; his sisters, Elzada Mack; and Kathryn Hillman; and his brothers, Algie Ray Woolridge; Michael Woolridge; Raymond Madden, Sr…
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife of over 50 years Lula Woolridge; his sons, Michael Dan Woolridge (Melissa); Keith Woolridge (Tyszu); and Kevin Woolridge; his daughters, Trenda Woolridge; Sherrie Branch (Ronnie); and Tasha; his brothers and sisters, David Woolridge; Donald Woolridge; Lewis Woolridge; and brother-in-law, Willie Hillman (Sonya); Ardelia Jones (Donzell); Vivian Lamb; Juanita Webb; Celia Woolridge; Hattie Tate; Renee Washington; Peggy Dangerfield (Richard); and Sherrie Houston (James); he also leaves his grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends too numerous to name.