Loyd Edward "Woody" Woodward

Loyd Edward "Woody" Woodward

On Jan. 1, 2012, Loyd Woodward succumbed to complications from Parkinson's after a gallant and hard fought battle.

Loyd was born a twin on Jan 15, 1921 in Spokane, WA to Butler J. and Orma L. Woodward. He grew up in Winthrop, WA with fond memories of fishing, camping, hiking, skiing and learning to fly in the Methow Valley. He soloed at 16 and aviation became a lifelong passion.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1943. In Oct of '43 he began flying C-46 transports over the "Hump" between China, Burma and India. Stateside in '44-'45, he flew med evac. That's where he met Helen McMaster, an Army Nurse Corp flight nurse and the love of his life. They were married Jan 24, 1946.

Woody began his commercial aviation career with Pacific Northern Airlines (PNA) in 1947 in Anchorage, Alaska, moving to Seattle in 1953. He flew for Western Airlines after the PNA purchase and retired in 1980 as the Delta merger took place.

Woody and Helen enjoyed 30 years of retirement traveling around the country, spending summers boating and winters in Mesa, AZ.

Woody is survived by his wife, Helen; daughters, Karen (Mitch Meany), Gail (Chuck Hanson) and Jayne (Jim McCartney); two grandsons; Chris Hanson (Paige) and Aaron Van Wart (Kristen); two step-grandchildren, Matt McCartney and Krissy (Josh Garber); two step-great-granddaughters, Mackenzie and Ava. He was preceded in death by his parents, twin sister Maxine and brother Douglas.

He was a wonderful family man, friend, aviator and fisherman. He is missed every day.

A celebration of his life will be held at The Museum of Flight, Boeing Field, Seattle, July 12th from 11:30-2:30 p.m.

Published in The Seattle Times from July 7 to July 8, 2012