Richard E (Woody) Woodrow (July 17, 1931 — July 25, 2019)
Major Richard E. “Woody” Woodrow passed quietly after a long illness coping with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Following his 88th birthday he was ready for the angels to wrap their wings around him and ascend to heaven. He left his time on earth agreeing with a military friend that recently wrote, “You have lived a charmed life; a marine fighter pilot, a forester graduate from Penn State, married an outstanding woman and had three wonderful daughters. I do not think it can get any better than that.”
He has lived his life well in Florida, California, Alaska, Oregon, Colorado and Washington, D.C. He was active in military service as a marine fighter pilot as well as a long period in the reserves. His first job as a Forest Ranger was in Eagle then he was the Supervisor of the White River National Forest in the 1980s.
In addition to his wife, Shirley, and daughters, Robin (Wirsing), and Kimberly and Kira Woodrow, he leaves behind his only grandchild, Matt, and two great-grandsons, Calvin and Miles; as well as nephews, a niece and many friends and neighbors who count him as a friend. He was a hero to his daughters who praised him at every opportunity for being “the best Dad ever.”
Services for Major Woodrow, to honor his long service as a Marine fighter pilot will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Grand Junction on August 2nd at 1:00 o’clock PM. In lieu of flowers or donations to charities, the family simply wishes cards and condolence messages be sent to the family at 401 W. Yale Circle in Glenwood Springs.
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