Weldon “Woody” McCormick, 83, died on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020. A broken hip and a series of strokes brought him down.
He was born in Seminole, Okla., to Alma and Barkley McCormick on June 12, 1936. Two siblings followed, Carolyn and Dale.
Around 1941, the family moved to San Bernardino. Woody loved his town so much and said he had the best childhood. He married his high school sweetheart, Mary Louise in 1953. Their first two sons arrived, Gary Lane and Timothy Barkley.
Woody worked a lot of jobs to support his family, but finally found his niche with Langendorf Bakeries in San Bernardino. By the age of 23, he was the youngest supervisor ever. This started his career as a salesman.
Two more sons were added to the family, Troy Lyn and Patrick. After 22 years, Woody’s first marriage ended. He married Jennifer in Jan. of 1978 and another son arrived with her, David Troutt.
Woody continued at Langendorf while it was bought and sold and he began to sell private label cookies to Stater Bros. and Albertson’s. He was called the Cookie Man.
In Dec. of 1980, Woody answered the Lord’s call to be His son; this was a turning point in his life.
Around 1985, Woody bought his first of 232 street rods and joined the Over the Hill Gang car club with San Berdoo written on the jackets. His love of cars combined with his salesmanship rapidly pushed him to the top.
Woody retired from cookies in 1999. He was a cancer survivor, proud street rodder and called Mountain Avenue Baptist Church is family.
He was preceded in death by his son Troy, half-brother George, half-sister Lorena and stepmother Ofelia McCormick.
He is survived by his wife Jennifer and sons Gary, Tim Patrick and David; 13 grandchildren, 25 great grand children and two great-great grandchildren.