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BOWMAN, Woodrow W. "Woody" Age 93 of Waynesville, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2006 at his residence. He was born January 6, 1913 in Farmersville, Ohio the son of the late Wellington Ward & Pearl Narcisis Bowman. He was the founder and owner of Woody's Market, Woody's Over the Road Restaurant, Woody's Little Farm, Woody's Drive Thru, the Wash House Car Wash, Der Dutchman Restaurant, and Woody's Farms, Inc. Woody was a member of the Germantown United Methodist Church, active in the 4-H Club in Warren and Montgomery Counties, and a generous supporter of many school and community events and activities. Preceded in death by the mother of his children Addie Louise Bowman, a brother and 2 sisters. Survivors include his wife Jackie of Waynesville, 2 sons Larry J. Bowman and wife Annelle of W. Carrollton, Danny L. Bowman and wife Donna of Waynesville, 2 daughters Beverly A. Wallace and husband Jack D. of Springboro, Nancy L. Hayslip and husband Michael E. of Centerville, 3 step-sons Terry Adkins and wife Kim of Oakwood, Jim Adkins and wife Chris of Germantown, Joe Adkins and wife Monna of Washington Twp., 2 step-daughters Susan Bavaro and husband Joe of Washington Twp., Julie Adkins of W. Carrollton, 10 grandchildren, 15 step-grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren, 4 great-great grandchildren, and numerous other family members and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, July 28, 2006 at 11:00 a.m. at the Germantown United Methodist Church, 36 S. Cherry St., Germantown, Ohio. Rev. Carla A. Stengel. Burial will follow at Miami Cemetery, Corwin. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the SWART FUNERAL HOME, W. Carrollton. The family requests in lieu of flowers memorial contributions be made to the Germantown United Methodist Church Building Fund or Hospice of Dayton in Woody's memory.

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Published in Dayton Daily News from Jul. 25 to Jul. 26, 2006.
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January 8, 2019
I remember going to his grocery store I was only six years old in 1969, love the memories! RIP woody
Henry Schiavi
December 29, 2018
jack coiner
March 29, 2013
Who couldnt go into Woody's and stand on the giant scale or look at the water with the fish in it. Then while your parents were shopping go upstairs and read the comic books. Best store around.....being a kid when that was around....missing a great man and an innovator in the community..............
Karen Taylor
August 14, 2006
To a great business man. Woody and his store will be missed by all.
Charlotte Pohle
August 2, 2006
When I was notified of the passing of Woody Bowman I felt a sense of great loss for a man who was soadmired and respected in the Dayton community.I started shopping at Woody's as a young man. You always knew that if you forgot something and the other stores were closed you could always get it at Woody's. It is hard to imagine stores being closed these days but being open 24 hours a day back then was a very big deal. Woody was always a innovator and brought great ideas to his store. Later on in life I became the manager of the Standard Register guest house known at "Manor House". I would purchase several thousand dollars of groceries every month so I was in the store quite often. There was never a time that when Woody was there that he wouldn't come over and say hello. Many nights I would come in to the store around midnight or later and he would be stocking produce. He was such a hard worker. I also remember many wonderful days crusing on the Ohio
River in his beautiful yacht. Many years have passed since I moved away from Dayton but everytime I am back in town and pass the store it always brings back so many great memories of all the wonderful people who worked there and the many good times we had, all because of a man named Woody. We all loved you Woody and pray that you rest in peace.
Ron Haerr
July 30, 2006
I started working at WOODY'S in 1978. My wife Charlene, her mother Ruth and her daughter Amy also worked there for many years. I remember those great cruises on the Ohio River every year.Woody was a pillar to the community and will be greatly missed.
Rick Smith
July 29, 2006
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
JoAnne Ruark
July 29, 2006
My prayers are with all the Bowman family.I worked at the Little Farm for four years and when Woody would come in or if he seen you at the store or resturant he would always speak to you and treated you like you were part of the BIG family he had at Woody's.He will be sadly missed by everyone.
God's Blessings To You All.
Brenda Ketron.
Brenda Ketron
July 28, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers our with you. To all of the family. May god bless you.

The Fox Family
Fox Motors,Inc.
Joshua Fox
July 28, 2006
My sympathy to the Bowman Family; Woody was a big part of the Winstead Family. HE came to my husband, Majors',funeral in April 2006. May he rest in peace.
Mary Winstead
July 28, 2006
So sorry to hear that he has passed away he was a great supporter of the schools and sports in W. Carrollton. We have fond memories of trying to get in his market durning the holidays around and around to find a parking spot but we wouldnt have missed it for the world. Great food and great birthday cakes every one of my children grew up with Woody's Birthday Cakes Yummy. Rose Mary & Jack Barhorst live in St. Petersburg Fl. now. Miss our home town a lot.
Jack & Rose Mary Barhorst
July 27, 2006
WHERE DO YOU START.I STARTED WORKING FOR WOODY IN 1990.I BELEAVE I WORKED IN EVERY DEPARTMENT HE HAD.THE MAN WOULD GO OUT OF HIS WAY TO MAKE YOU PART OF THE FAMILY.EVEN IF YOUR LAST NAME WAS NOT BOWMAN YOU WAS HIS FAMILY.HE ALSO HAD A SAYING THE CUSTOMER ALWAYS COMES FIRST.I WORKED WITH BEV IN THE BAKERY IN 2005 AND HE WOULD STOP DOWN FROM THE RESTRANT AFTER HAVING DINNER WITH HER TO SEE IF ALL WAS GOING OKAY.THERE WILL NEAVER BE ANOTHER MAN WHO COULD RUN A STORE LIKE WOODY AND MAKE YOU FEEL SO WELCOME.EVERYTIME I GO BY THE STORE I TELL MY KIDS ABOUT HOW I LOVED THAT STORE.MY WHOLE FAMILY WORKED THERE AT ONE TIME.HIS MEMORY WILL NEAVER BE FORGOTTON.FOR THE FAMILY IM SO VERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS.JUST REMEMBER THERE WAS AND WILL NEAVER BE ANOTHER MAN SO LOVED AS WOODY WAS AND ALWAYS WILL BE.YOUR IN MY FAMILYS THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. \
ALOHA PERKINS-WILSON
July 27, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
love, steven and angie sall (lewis) and children
angie sall (lewis)
July 27, 2006
Woody Bowman,

He always had time to talk, smile, and say hello to all that walked in his store. He did this to everyone.

You may have been a rich man, may have been a poor man, but to this man you were all the same. He took time to care and that is what made him who he was.

Never will be another store like his or have the history or memories that we all have of that era.

Larry, you and all your family have our deepest sympathy . May God be with all of you at this time.
Jo Ann & Eugene Caupp
July 27, 2006
Our prayers are with the family of "Woody" Bowman. The "Leiwig Family" of West Carrollton....
Rebecca Leiwig Vaughn
July 27, 2006
My family enjoyed Woody's Market with all of the unique deli meats, seafood, sausages, bakery, I could go on forever. Woody's also had excellent pizza that you cannot find today. My sister and I both worked at Woody's when Henrietta Hahn, Sue Cole and Sarah from the Deli, Chester in the meat Dept. I enjoyed taking my children to Woody's and truely miss the store. My deepest Sympathy to the Bowman Family.
Jody Luck Midlam
July 27, 2006
My condolences to ALL of the Bowman family. Danny was Ted's friend during school years , and special condolences to Dale Who has suffered the loss of his mother Wilma Bowman recently and now his father Woody. My Blessings to all of you in your time of grief.Pat O'Reilly
Pat O'Reilly
July 27, 2006
My deepest sympathy to all of the Bowman Family.
Woody was a professional businessman-my family shopped there for years& I was fortunate enough and grateful to have been a cashier there. Woody gave me the opportunity of working there after graduating from college. He didn't not care about the color of your skin-if you wanted to work-you had a job.He was always fair and friendly. We were all saddened when Woody's Market closed.A piece of our hearts closed with it.WOODY WILL BE MISSED-BUT HE WILL NOT BE FORGOTTEN!
Jeanne Alexander and Family Cincinnati,Ohio
Jeanne Alexander
July 26, 2006
I remember Woody's Market very well. I shopped with my mother from the late 40's through the early 80's with only a short break from 1961 to 1964 when I joined the Marine's and also in 1964 and 1965 when I lived in California for a year. After my mother's death in 1985 I continued to shop there. My niece worked in the deli to earn extra money.
Martha Kline
July 26, 2006
We all loved Woody! I'LL REMEMBER him as long as I live. Tours of business people came through to copy Woody's and take back to their country. Woody was gracious to all. Things will never be the same.
Robert (Bob) O'Brien
July 26, 2006
We extend our sincere sympathy to Jackie and family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Bob & Graceanne Rix
Graceanne Rix
July 26, 2006
IT WAS A PLEASURE FOR A 16 YEAR OLD SOUTHERN GAL TO START HER JOB JOURNEY IN THE WORLD WITH WOODY. OVER THE YEARS ,I LIVED IN THE AREA, I WORKED IN MANY DEPARTMENTS AT THE STORE . HENRIETTA WAS A GREAT MENTOR. WOODY SET THE STANDARD FOR HOW TO SUCCEED ON THE JOB FOR SO MANY KIDS THAT WAS JUST STARTING IN LIFE. HE SHOWED US HOW THE AMERICAN DREAM COULD COME TRUE. I WAS FORTUNATE TO BE CLOSE TO LOUISE GROWING UP AND BEVERLY WAS MY BEST FRIEND AND STILL IS. I AM HONORED TO BE GODMOTHER TO HER CHILDREN AND AS TERI , HER OLDEST JUST LEFT MY HOME IN KANSAS WITH HER CHILDREN , ON HER WAY TO OHIO FOR THE FUNERAL, SHE IS AN EXAMPLE OF GIVING BACK WITH HER RECENT ADOPTION OF A YOUNG CHILD AND HER FOSTER CARE OF 2 MORE , ALL UNDER 3 YEARS OF AGE. MY BROTHER MARK BAILEY,PHD, CREDITS HIS EDUCATION WITH HIS JOB AT WOODYS. MY CHILDREN GREW UP BEING TOTALLY SPOILED BY BEVERLY, AND COMPARE ALL CAKES, PIZZA, OYSTERS, ETC WITH WOODYS TO MY 9 GRANDCHILDREN. WEST CARROLTON HAS BEEN ON SLOW DELCINE FROM THE DAY THE STORE CLOSED. WOODY , I HOPE YOU ARE UP THERE LOOKING DOWN, AND KNOW HOW YOU AND YOU ALONE TOUCHED SO MANY HEARTS AND LIVES . "YOUR LITTLE REBEL" eula faye (bailey)taulbee
EULA TAULBEE
July 26, 2006
Woody's will always be remembered in our little town of West Carrollton. I still drive by there every day with a smile on my face because I remember eating at the restaurant several times for lunch, going to the bakery some mornings for donuts, buying the freshest vegetables around (because Woody's was the best), working there as a cashier one summer after High School, and buying my wedding cake there. God bless the Bowman family and our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The Wittman Family
July 26, 2006
I remember when I was a young boy we always had to make a trip to Woody's to get fresh oysters. We lived north of Dayton and it always seemed like such a long trip to me, but my mother said that nobody had better oysters than Woody's. I think probably everyone in the Dayton area has some kind of memory of Woody Bowman and Woody's. What a remarkable man and legacy. Rest in Peace.
David Schwartz
July 26, 2006
Dear Family & Friends of "Woody",
The company of Kramer & Kramer Auctioneers wishes to express our deepest sympathy in the passing of "Woody". I will always remember the good times we had at the Montgmery Co. Fair! There were many times that I used to drive all the way to W. Carrollton just to have a cup of coffee with Woody and catch up on all the news. He was definitely a pillar of the community and will be sadley missed.
HJ (Junior) Kramer
July 26, 2006
Woody's was the original late night market and gourmet superstore. My late grandmother would "only" get her ground round from Woody's supermarket. The best meat, seafood, baked goods, etc., in Southwest Ohio. After now living in NYC for 27 years, and experiencing Fairway, Whole Foods, Balducci's, etc., Woody's is still the "First". My condolences to the family and friends. Woody's will always be a Dayton icon.
Angela McKee
July 26, 2006
My deepest and sincerest condolences go to Woody's children, Beverly, Nancy, Danny, Larry and Dale. All of my family worked for Woody when we were in High School, as did many West Carrollton High School students. He certainly had a sense of humor and we all have fond memories of "The Old Days"! My Aunt Betsy can certainly share some stories of the experience she had painting all the beautiful paintings in the restaurant----hopefully the family will treasure them as much as everyone else did. May God Bless and be with this precious family in their time of great loss.
Sally Miller
July 26, 2006
I worked at Woody's in the restuarant my senior year of high school 1969-1970. I remember how nice Woody was. He treated everyone fair. I remember also my family going into Woody's as a kid. I have so many memories of Woody's. I was just by Woody's last Saturday and I got to thinking about Woody. I know he will be missed by many.
Linda Oscar
July 26, 2006
My deepest sympathy to all of the Bowman Family. I have known Woody my entire life and he will be missed.I went to high school and college with my friend Danny and I know you will miss him.
Ted Russell
July 26, 2006
Our sympathy to Woody's family. We remember his original fruit stand, the ice cream in the 50's, the restaurant (before the one over Rt. 25), the aroma and taste of his baked goods, the meats, the cinnamon balls. Whatever you wanted, Woody had it! He was an icon of West Carrollton and whenever you shopped you could look over your shoulder and usually see Woody. He was good to his employees, customers and West Carrollton.
Don and Donna McClelland
July 26, 2006
Thanks for everything you did for my family and the City of West Carrollton. I will never forget playing baseball on all the teams sponsored by Woody's. Also for hiring my dad after he retired from his previous job and treating him and the rest of my family with respect. Thanks again from the Zimmerman family.
David Zimmerman
July 26, 2006
I had the pleasure of meeting Woody one day in the store, several years ago after hearing about him for years from my father and my husband. We frequented the store when we moved close to the area and we miss the store today. My father delivered food items to the store for many years via Harlamert Foods. My family as well as my father, Willie Floyd send our condelences to the family.
Tina Glaser
July 26, 2006
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
martha sparks
July 25, 2006
I loved to go into Woody"s with mom as a child and go to the black olive barrel and "taste" the olives. I always enjoyed going into the store and looking at the fish counter and be amazed at the different sea foods that he had. It was as though if you couldn't find it at "Woody"s you may not find it at all. It was a pleasant place to shop no matter what time you entered the store.
Woody will be greatly missed.
Marilyn Monbeck
July 25, 2006
I have fond memories of Woody's as a student at West Carrollton as well as dining and shopping at the market. Our sympathy to the family on the lost of Woody, may fond memories keep him close.
Barry & Betsy Russello
July 25, 2006
May you find comfort in knowing that the Lord is close to your family and He will give you peace.

Marilyn Monbeck Rutter
Marilyn Rutter
July 25, 2006
Woody's.....After date meals. Donut Sale. Raw peanuts for peanut brittle. Wonderful person Woody.
Ginger Lauver
July 25, 2006
Woodrow Wilson Bowman was the most iconoclastic figure ever to grace the city limits of West Carrollton,
Ohio. There will never be another man like him, in that city, nor in any other. He was unique and was a brilliant businessman, who lived the American dream. As for me, I've just realized that I've known Woody since I was just 4 years old and walked into his original fresh produce tent, in 1946. He gave me a warm, fuzzy peach and patted me on the head. We went to his stand every week. Years later, I would become best friends with his elder daughter, Beverly, and we put many miles on his gorgeous Chrylser 300,
once she had her drivers license. I also had the great privilege of having his first wife, Louise, for my step-mother. She and my father were married for 9 years. She was a great lady. The City of WC should build a statue of Woody and put it right in front of City Hall,
where it should forever remain. WC
has never had another citizen who did more for its high profile than has Woody Bowman. I have known him for 60 years and am so deeply saddened by his passing, I can't even begin to put it into words. He had so many of the qualities for which we all strive. He was a benefactor and an adventurer and a showman and a businessman and a gambler and a humorist and a humanitarian and a disciplinarian and a true example of what one person can do, if they are truly determined, and if they try hard enough. In my childhood memories, he is larger than life, and shall remain so. He bought me my first taste of pizza. He took me to my first Italian restaurant. I never for a moment thought spaghetti would actually be served in a restaurant. That was a food item which my mother made at home! He sponsored dozens of kids' sports venues and quietly paid medical, dental, and other bills for those who couldn't afford it. He sent thousands of dollars' worth of free groceries to WC families who didn't have grocery money. His list of accomplishments is endless. His life is worthy of a 3- or 4-part mini-series, at the very least, as well as a best-selling novel. He did it all! A world without Woody Bowman will be a world which isn't quite as much fun, not nearly as exciting, and certainly lacking a bit of mystery. Woody surely slid into home plate, as the saying goes, screaming at the top of his lungs, "Wow! What a ride!" May he rest in peace and may his legacy live forever. I shall sorely miss him, knowing that he no longer walks among us. Life has just become a tiny tad more boring. My deepest and sincerest condolences go to Beverly, Nancy, Danny, and Larry, and all of their children, grandchildren, and spouses. How terribly fortunate we all were, to have had him with us for 93 1/2 years! My heart is very sad.
Bonnie Risner Miller
July 25, 2006
I FIRST MET WOODY AS A CHILD WHEN MOM&DAD TOOK MY BROTHER TED AND I TO THE OPEN FRONT MARKET WITH SAWDUST ON THE FLOOR AND NO ELECTRIC.HE "PLUGED" ANYTHING YOU WANTED TO TRY,AND THEN TALKED YOU INTO BUYING THINGS YOU HAD NOT COME FOR. MY BROTHER GOT HIS FIRST JOB THERE AND WOULD GO WITH THE TRUCK TO FLORIDA FOR " INDIAN RIVER" FRUIT.LAST YEAR I SAW HIM FOR THE LAST TIME AND HE STILL CALLED ME BY NAME.WOODY IS PART OF MY HISTORY AND I'M PROUD OF THAT . OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL THE FAMILY. RON&ALICE THOMAS
RON&ALICE THOMAS
July 25, 2006
The holidays,with the barrels of kraut, pigs feet, and all the lunch meats, something special, something I, and I know, many others, will never see again, nor will it be forgotten,and all the managers were so helpful... loved that place... Rest in peace Woody
Charles McClaskey
July 25, 2006
We would like to offer our sympathy to Woody's son Dale Bowman and his family.
Jim
July 25, 2006
My first job was at Woody's and it was the best time of my life. I met my husband there. I have so many memories of Woody and his picnic's at his place. He will be missed.
Margaret Grammer
July 25, 2006
I can't tell you all the memories I had going to Woody's. We went when I was a child and when I had children, we took them to Woody's. Our favorite things were the elevator, big scale to weigh ourselves on, the water wheel and fountains, throwing pennies in the water, looking out the porthole windows and the lemonade in the restaurant.
Melinda Icenhour-Beilharz
July 25, 2006
One of my favorite childhood memories was when we stayed with my aunt in Moraine on weekends from time to time. On Saturday mornings, she would take us to the restaurant over Woody's Market for breakfast. I remember droping coins in the stream that ran through the restaurant and eating the best blueberry pancakes I've ever had. Losing Mr. Bowman is a great loss to the Dayton community, and I hope his family knows how many lives he touched. Even those who never had the pleasure of meeting him in person.
Marie Campbell
July 25, 2006
I just recently met Mr. and Mrs. Bowman a little over a year ago. I am a travel agent and was helping them plan a much desired trip to Alaska and Australia. I was always amazed by Mr. Bowmans zest of life. At the age of 93 he was fully prepared to travel across the world. He always said he would see something he hadnt seen before and learn something he didnt know before.What an amazing man at 93. My sympathy to Mrs.Bowman and family. I know he will be missed by all that knew him.
Pam Grant
July 25, 2006
It is the sign of a good man, to have so many remember him in a positive light. I remember Woody when he was a planner/dreamer and had vision for his enterprises. He had people skills, and people liked him for that. We can only hope we have the same kind of effect on those we leave behind. I wish we could go back to those days when things were simpler, but we can't rewind the clock. God bless the Bowman family.
Thomas Horne
July 25, 2006
I WAS SAD TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF WOODY BOWMAN.
MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE ENTIRE BOWMAN FAMILY.
I STILL FIND MYSELF HUMMING THE SONG "SHOP AT WOODY'S SUPERMARKET DOWN OF US 25- YOU'LL SAVE A LOT OF MONEY IF YOU TAKE THE TIME TO DRIVE"
REST IN PEACE WOODY!!!
Bob Hunt
July 25, 2006
My heart goes out to the entire Bowman family. I had the pleasure of meeting Woody when I worked at Pepsi Cola of Dayton, and became great friends with his son Danny.He has been a"legend"in the Dayton Market for years, and will always be remembered. God Bless
Richard Alexander Jr.
July 25, 2006
When I was younger, my grandpa -- a loyal Woody's customer -- took me there all the time. His treat for me was the Saratoga Cookies from the Bakery. My wife would buy them for me every now and then to rekindle fond childhood memories. I've been sad ever since the store closed, and now the final chapter has been wrote. Oh, what I wouldn't give for another Saratoga Cookie!!
Bob Sadowski
July 25, 2006
I remember when our boy scout troop had a car wash on the corner by woody's. I walked back to his house and he let me drive his red chrysler 300 convertable. I was a popular man that day. We all have fond memories revolving around Woody's Market.
Rick Busch
July 25, 2006
My thoughts and prayers are with Woody and ALL of his family. His legacy will live forever in the hearts of West Carrolltonians.
Mike Freshwater
July 25, 2006
I'm very sorry to hear that Woody passed on! I can remember stopping and eating at woody's when my Dad worked at the paper mill in west carrollton in the late 60's to early 70's. I will pray for your family. Draw strength from the Lord.
Cathy (Vaughn) Evans
July 25, 2006
My grandmother (Sarah Knight) worked in the deli at Woody's for 30+ years, until the day it closed. I grew up with that familiar blue and white checked dress and bonnet. It was a one of a kind place. I was sad to see it close. For years I have hoped someone would bring back what once was... It was such a neat place to go, especially as a young child. It was magic.
God bless the family in this time of sorrow...
Rhonda Vinson
July 25, 2006
I am so sorry to hear that Woody passed on! My deepest sympathy to the family! I worked for Woody's several summers doing inventory, and never have I worked for a kinder, more genuine person than Woody! He cared about each and every person that worked for him, even those of us who only helped out temporarily! God bless you, Woody! I know you are up there with that big smile on your face!
Holly
July 25, 2006
Woody use to fly out to Las Vegas with my father in law Clem Long. He
was a great person & will be missed a lot.
Bill Dice
July 25, 2006
William David
July 25, 2006
I am so sad to see Woody has passed on. I loved the store so much. I had my wedding cake from there when I was married in 1979. I grew up with Woody's and then my children grew up with the store. Woody was the only person who would hire my Daugher Nikki when she was wanting to get a job for the first time. She worked in the bakery and was able to learn how to make wonderful cakes and decorate them. My family and I have been close with Woody's family for yrs. My heart goes out to the family, especially Terry and her kids. Bless you all and Thank you Woody for being such a wonderful person to have met in this life.
Shelly Spicer
July 25, 2006
I have very many fond memories of my family having dinner together at Der Dutchman Resturant. I am originally from Waynesville and went to school with Shelly Bowman. I am so deeply sorry for your loss. May God be with you all during your time of grief. Find strength in each other. God Bless!
Nicole McBride
July 25, 2006
Woody was a great man. My first job was a cashier at Woody's Market. The knowledge I learned from that job I am still using today. Woody was very generous with all his employess and his customers. He was especially kind-hearted to all the kids in 4-H. Woody, you will be missed. My condolences to the family.
Cara Crawford
July 25, 2006
My wife and I had a tradition of going to Woody's every Friday until we moved in 1995 and taking home a batch of fried livers and potato wedges. I was really saddened when Woody's closed and even more saddened to see that Woody has passed on. My condolences to the family.
Rob & Stella Beaudin
July 25, 2006
Our sympathy to Jackie and the Bowman Family.Woody was a very upstanding man and did much for the community.I remember him as one of my newspaper customers when I was a very young man.
Daryl & Shirley Garrison
July 25, 2006
Our deepest sympathy to all your family.
Jerry and Delores Lakes
July 25, 2006
I have missed Woody's so much, especially at Chirstmas. Our family started going to the resturant after church on Sundays, before it went over the road. The lines were so long all the way down the stairs to the back door. The meat department was the best. My great uncle Charlie was employed by Woody. My heart goes out to the family, especially Larry & Annell & their daughters. Our prayers are with you. Gary & Becki (Smith) Sauer
Rebecca Sauer
July 25, 2006
My deepest sympathy to Jackie and the Bownan family.
Phyllis Blackburn
July 25, 2006
Our family loved to come to Woodys Market. My husband visited relatives in Dayton as a child and he could remember as a child going to the fruit stand to get the biggest watermelons. When we had children we would go to Woodys for Birthdays and have them pick out a cake. Most of our childrens birthday pictures have pictures of Woodys cakes. When they graduated from high school, and also college we would order cakes from Woodys. We loved eating in the resturant and also shopping for items we could not get in our local store. We live 60 miles north of Dayton but we spent many happy times in Woodys. Recently our son who now lives in West Chester found a bakery run by some of Woodys former employees and brought home birthday cakes for our grandchildren and we talked about all the happy memories of our trips to Woodys.
Irene & Larry Stone
July 25, 2006
I had the pleasure of getting to know Woody when we supplied natural gas for his business. Even before that we would make Sunday afternoons trip to Woody's to enjoy his "down home" meals. God Bless.
Robert Sanders
July 25, 2006
Woody's was the best because Woody cared about his customers. Going to Woody's was like going to see family and Woody was always there to welcome you. He was the best.
Ralph Kaufman
July 25, 2006
My father worked at Woody's fruit and vegetable stand as a young man and my brothers, my sister and myself all at one time worked for Woody's. Woody will always be remembered for his contributions to our community.
Jane Bond
July 25, 2006
My Dad and I used to love Woody's fresh rolls and Italian sandwich meats and would sit in the parking lot and make our sandwiches to eat on the way hom. My wife and I sat in Woody's about 20 years ago and we decided it was time to start our family. Never met Woody but what memroies he inspired!
Mike Scinto
July 25, 2006
Our deepest sympahty to your family. I remember Woody's market as a child and teenager in the 70's. Our Pastor and church (Pillar of Truth) often ate at Woody's We loved it and shared many fond memories there. I even had my wedding cake baked by them...God be with your family during your lose!
Joyce Garrett-Jones
July 24, 2006
I remember when i was a kid that me and my family always ate there even though i was a child i dont remember woody but i do remember that good food and the nice people that he had working for. He will be missed from everyone. God Bless u Woody and to the family i will pray for u and keep your spirits up he would want that.
Stephanie
July 24, 2006
I'll always remember the boat rides down the Ohio. Rest in Peace Woody.
Ben Harper
July 24, 2006
I have very fond memories of Woody's Grocery. I'll always connect my visits there as a child with visits to my Grandmother's home in West Carrollton. My Grandmother and Aunt would take me shopping there and it was just a child's "dream" store. They had a waterfall in the lobby! And I loved watching those women make all those beautiful cakes in the bakery. And my favorite aisle was the "exotic" one. They had (I SWEAR) chocolate covered ANTS, and roatsted grasshoppers and escargots, etc. When NOBODY else in SW Ohio did. Or anywhere else for that matter. What a unique place. What wonderful memories. Plus my Father worked there back in the early days. Woody Bowman, you left a lot of people with good memories!! Woody was an outstanding entrepreneur becaue he seemed to care about giving people things that made life intersting! My prayers for the family.
Theresa Greene
July 24, 2006
I started my first job at Woody's. I hated to see it go when he closed the doors. I will charish all the years and memories i have had there. Woody was a great man. God bless Jackie and the Bowman family.
Jennifer Wood
July 24, 2006
I loved Woody's like so many did. The restaurant became Dad's favorite place to eat out because it was always good and charged a fair price. Mr. Bowman was a genious.
Jack Forbes
July 24, 2006
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Bowman family.
Frank & Jan Schindler
July 24, 2006
I worked at Woody's third shift during the period when Jean White was Manager, and then Don White. Woody was a true gentleman and had a sharp memory. Years later when I ran into him at WalMart, he still remembered me. It's sad to know that such an icon of the industry is gone. Fond memories and best wishes to Danny and the rest of the family.
Reva Hammond
July 24, 2006
Woody was one of a kind with a vision of the future that rivaled Howard Hughes. His Spruce Goose still towers over Central Ave.
Bob Zavakos
July 24, 2006
My prayers go out to your family.
May the peace of God comfort your
family and friends.

Prayers & Blessings,
Jones Family
Tawana Jones
July 24, 2006
I used to love to go to Woody's with my parents, especially back in the 70's. We would eat upstairs in the restaurant and then do our shopping. You usually saw Woody in the restaurant, sitting at the counter, talking to people ... so friendly. I was sad when they closed because it brings back a lot of happy memories.
Roxanne Arnold
July 24, 2006
Woodys was "The" place to shop and I just loved going there while growing up. I had a job later that put me in direct contact with him from time to time. He was most certainly a Gentleman. My deepest sympathy to his family.
Butch Clough
July 24, 2006
Woody's was where I got my start in the working world. It was my first job and I enjoyed my time there, especially working with Woody who stopped by almost daily. I will miss him. My heart goes out to the entire Bowman family.
Danny Gordon
July 24, 2006
My grandmother, Henrietta Hahn, was the manager of Woody's for many years. My sister and brother and I all worked there. My parents worked there. We all grew up with Woody. I have great memories of working at Woody's and to me Woody was larger than life. He will be missed.
Michele Aszman
July 24, 2006
Loved waiting on him at my work. He was a lovely man. He will be greatly missed.
April Walker
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