Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Chief of Police Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Junction City Police Department, Oregon

End of Watch Monday, December 26, 1960

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Woodrow Wilson Whetstone

Chief Woodrow Whetstone was shot and killed when two parties in a domestic disturbance arrived at his house looking for assistance.

The woman's former boyfriend had confronted a woman and her boyfriend, and they went to Chief Whetstone's home while he was there on his lunch break. While at the scene, the man arrived and shot and killed both Chief Whetstone and the boyfriend, 54, as the Chief tried to calm the man. He then shot and wounded the woman, 42.

On February 15, 1961, the 45-year-old suspect was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life. He received an additional 10 years for shooting the woman.

Chief Whetstone had served with the Junction City Police Department for 10 years. He was survived by his wife, two children, and two grandchildren.


  • Age 43
  • Tour 10 years
  • Badge 825

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Shotgun; 12 gauge
  • Offender Sentenced to life


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I was reflecting on my dad, Ace (Marion) Kizer, today and his life and times. It reminded me of Woody and Marion Whetstone. My dad took over duties as the Chief of Police of Junction City in 1961. I was a child but I will always remember visiting Marion several times a month with my mother after Woody's death. She was so sweet to us. Always had a cookie and milk for me when we arrived for a visit. R.I.P. Woody. You will always be missed by those who remember.

Karen Kizer
Daughter of Friends of Woody & Marion

December 26, 2022

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