Harold L. ‘Woody’ Woodward

PITTSBURG — Harold L. “Woody” Woodward, 79, of Pittsburg passed away at 9:10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, at Via Christi Hospital.

He was born Jan. 19, 1941, at Parsons the son of Wayne and Barbara (Smith) Woodward. He graduated from Labette County Community High School in 1959.

Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served from May 1962 to January 1966, when he was honorably discharged.

On June 25, 1966, he married Lana Kay Ash in the Jamestown Baptist Church in Jamestown, Missouri. She preceded him in death on Jan. 15, 2018.

Mr. Woodward worked for Safeway and Helio Aircraft before starting his career with the Frisco Railroad in 1969. He retired in January 2002 from the BNSF Raiload after 33 years of service.

He was a member of Black Diamond Masonic Lodge No. 274 of Weir, where he was a 50-year member, Rob Morris Chapter Order of the Eastern Star, was a past state Rainbow Dad and was a member of the American Legion Post No. 64. Mr. Woodward was also a founding member of the Pittsburg Model Rail Road Club.

Survivors include two daughters, Tonya Woodward of the home and Tara Smith and her husband, Ted, of Jefferson City, Missouri; a granddaughter, Katelyn Smith; two brothers, Darrell Woodward of Altamont and Terry Woodward of Parsons; three sisters, Evelyn Pryor of Pittsburg, Wylene Bowman of Parsons and Charlene Sturgin of Dewey, Oklahoma; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; an infant sister, Mary Louise Woodward; and two brothers, Wayne and William Woodward.

A private graveside service will be at a later date in Concord Cemetery in Jamestown, Missouri. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to sign the register book At Brenner Mortuary, Pittsburg. Mr. Woodward has been cremated. The family suggests memorials to the Black Diamond Masonic Lodge No. 274 of Weir.  These may be left at or mailed to the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth St., Pittsburg, KS, 66762. 

Online condolences may be left at www.brennermortuary.com.

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