Kenneth Woodard

WOODARD Kenneth Smith, Sr. of Millis, died August 22, 2013 surrounded by his loving family. He was 88. Born in Leverett he was the son of the late Chester and Elizabeth (Lawson) Woodard. 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 and was predeceased by his son Michael Woodard. He is also survived by his 17 grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Serving as a Private in the Army during WWII, he was involved in battles in both New Guinea and Luzon. Mr. Woodard received an 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 his MS Aerospace Engineering at Boston University. He worked at several aircraft companies including, Cessna, Schweizer, Beech and Sikorsky and Cornell Aeronautical 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 will be greatly missed by his many friends and family. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend Funeral Services in Celebration of Ken’s Life on Thursday at 1:00 P.M. at the First Congregational Church of Leverett. Visitation will be held in the Church on Thursday from Noon to 1:00 P.M. Visiting hours will be Wednesday from 5:00 P.M.8:00 P.M. at the Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Home, 90 Curve Street, MILLIS. Please visit for addition information. Contributions can be made in his name to the First Congregational Church of Leverett, P.O. Box 324, 4 Montague Road, Leverett, MA 01054 or the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Funeral Home

Roberts-Mitchell Funeral Service
90 Curve Street Millis, MA 02054
(508) 376-2000

Published in Boston Herald on Aug. 25, 2013