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John A. Woodhall Jr.

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John A. Woodhall Jr. Obituary
John A.
Woodhall, Jr.
age 84, of Canton, passed away Nov. 21, 2013, at Affinity Medical Center, surrounded by his family. Born Oct. 10, 1929 in Peoria, Ill., John was raised in and most fond of his home state, Minnesota. A loving and compassionate husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, John was known for his sense of humor and quick wit. A former pilot, outdoorsman, Boy Scout, avid reader, car enthusiast, tinkerer and lover of beagles, John most recently pursued genealogy with a passion, and took great pride in his Norwegian and English heritage. Chairman of the Board of Central Allied Enterprises, Inc. until his passing, John was involved in many civic, state and national organizations, including Minnesota Safety Council (Chairman of the Board), National Safety Council (two-term Chairman of the Board), Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (President), Associated General Contractors of America (Life Director), Boy Scouts of America (Chairman of Lakota, Minn. District), Concrete Pavers Association of Minnesota (President), American Arbitration Association (Arbitrator), Governor's Board for OSHA (Minn.), Willmar (Minn.) Kiwanis Club (President), Mason and Shriner, and Order of the Eastern Star (Past Patron). John was also an active member of St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, where he volunteered in many capacities.
John is survived by his wife of 65 years, Donna, his high-school sweetheart; children, John III (Diane), and Susan of Minnesota, Cheryl (Jerry Orn), and Douglas of North Canton, Robert (Rhonda) of Louisville; grandchildren, Adam, Erik, and Ryan Woodhall, Matthew (Jayme), Joseph and Hallie Orn, Katie (Tyson) Woodhall-Abraham, Emmy, Molly and Eli Woodhall, Nicole (Phillip) Monroe, Kaylyn Woodhall; and great-grandchildren, Elsah, Sigourney, Liana, Mari, and Michael.
A memorial service honoring John's life will be held at St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church, 4600 Fulton Drive Northwest, Canton, on Tuesday, Nov, 26 at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Doctor Bruce R. Roth officiating. Visitation with the family will be held two hours prior to the service. Interment of cremains will be in Minnesota. Those wishing to remember John may donate in his name to Shriners Hospitals for Children, St. Stephen Martyr Lutheran Church or the Grove Lake (Minn.) Chapel Foundation.

Published in The Repository from Nov. 23 to Nov. 24, 2013
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