Kenneth Smith Woodard Sr., of Millis, died on Thursday, August 22, 2013 at Metrowest Medical Center in Natick surrounded by his loving family. He was 88. Mr. Woodard was born in Leverett, MA, the son of the late Chester and Elizabeth (Lawson) Woodard. Serving as a Private in the Army during WWII, he was involved in battles in both New Guinea and Luzon. Mr. Woodard received Asiatic Pacific Theatre Campaign Ribbon with Two Service Stars, a Philippine Liberation Ribbon and World War II Victory Medal. He was wounded during the Pacific Asiatic Campaign he received a Purple Heart Medal and was Honorably Discharged. After a long recovery, he was very lucky to walk again. Following his service, he obtained his BS Aerospace Engineering at Tri State College (Trine University) in Angola, Indiana and a MS Engineering at Boston University. He worked at several aircraft companies including, Cessna, Schweizer, Beech and Sikorsky and Cornell Aerospace Labs. He was the Director of the Northeastern University Aviation program based out of Norwood, MA Airport for Northeastern University and Professor of Engineering for over 25 years until his retirement in 1987. Mr. Woodard was a private pilot and loved flying and soaring. He belonged to the Greater Boston Soaring Club and AOPA. He loved golf and skiing. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Eleanor (Roys) Woodard, his children; Kenneth Woodard Jr. and his wife Susan of New Boston, NH, Kathleen Hickerson and her husband Richard of Brookline, NH, Rebecca Slattery of Pelham, NH, Jennifer Olivieri of Millis and Laura Schwartze and her husband Richard of Clements, MD. He is also survived by his 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is predeceased by his son, Michael Woodard. He will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Funeral Services in Celebration of Kens Life on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Leverett. Visitation will be held in the Church on Thursday from Noon to 1 p.m. Visiting hours were Wednesday from 5 - 8 p.m. at the Robert - Mitchell Funeral Home, 90 Curve Street, Millis. Please visit www.robertsmitchell.com for addition information. Contributions can be made in his name to the First Congregational Church of Leverett, P.O. Box 324, 4 Montague Rd. Leverett, MA 01054 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675.
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Published in Daily News Transcript from Aug. 25 to Sept. 1, 2013