John Woodward Sr., 71, of Canton, Pa., went home to his Lord and Savior early Saturday morning, May 24, 2014 at his home in East Canton.
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John Lloyd Woodward was born on Oct. 11, 1942 to the late Clinton and Lois Woodward in Pensacola, Fla., as his father was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force. Later the family moved to Burlington, Pa., where John attended Troy schools until leaving for the Army in 1962. John returned to Canton following a 20-year military career having been stationed in Vietnam three times, Korea, Panama Canal and Germany as well as many bases in the states. John worked for the Veterans Administration in Sayre in medical records for seven years. After being out of the service for 11 years, he was recalled for Desert Storm. Since retiring from the Army for the second time, John worked for the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.
He returned to the area in January 1995 and resided in East Canton. One of John's great passions in life was his concern for animals. He worked with the animal shelter in East Smithfield until health reasons no longer permitted. John then turned his homestead into a sanctuary for horses and ponies that give him and his grandchildren much joy. As an avid hunter and fisherman, favorite times for John were spent, when able, taking his grandchildren fishing between gardening, watching football and Little League Baseball. He also enjoyed spending time with family and friends and cooking or grilling outside. Playing card games and board games, doing puzzles and watching movies were more recent activities that John loved sharing with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
His wife extends a grateful thank you to family and friends for their loving support during the last two years of John's illness.
Surviving are his wife and partner Anita (Smith) Woodward; four children Kay (Verlin) Kerns of Watertown, N.Y., Tessa (Jim) Page of Canton, Corina Saxon of Harrisburg and John Jr. (Erica) Woodward of Lake Park, Fla.; three step-children; Tina Gillis-Johnson of East Canton, Dean II (Annette) Johnson of Austinville and Darlena Martin of Abington, Md.; 18 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two brothers Charles (Dottie) Woodward of Newfield, N.Y. and Gene (Angie) Woodward of Antonia, Texas; 10 brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and 14 nieces and nephews.
Calling hours are from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 to 11 a.m. Saturday at Pepper Funeral Home, 578 Springbrook Dr. Canton. Rev. Jasper Smith and Evangelist Eric Smith will officiate the funeral service at 11 a.m. on May 31. Burial will be in Beech Flats Cemetery with full military honors accorded.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517 Topeka, KS 66675 or to the No Kill Animal Sanctuary, Milan Rd., East Smithfield, PA 18817
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Pepper Funeral Home
578 Springbrook Dr
Canton, PA 17724
Published in Daily Review on May 26, 2014