Wendell Woody, 80, died April 8, 2015 in North Kansas City, MO. He was born September 18, 1934 in Albany, MO to Emil & Dorothy (Lykins) Woody. Wendell was an Eagle Scout & Warrior in the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He was President of the 1952 Albany High School Senior Class where he met his future wife Ruth Akers. During high school and college Wendell operated his own radio & TV repair shop and installed TV antennas. He graduated with a BS Degree in Business from the University of Colorado Boulder in 1958 while also serving in the Colorado National Guard. He began his career as General Manager at Electronic Parts Company in Denver, CO. During his subsequent 49-year career in the CATV industry he held sales, management & consulting positions with Jerrold Electronics, Catel, Antec, Sprint North Supply & Monroe Electronics. Wendell is a past president and 11-year board member of the National Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and the founder of the SCTE Heart of America Chapter. He served for 18 years on the Board of Directors for the Missouri Cable TV Association and the Mid-America Cable TV Association. In 1994 Wendell was inducted into the distinguished Cable TV Pioneers group. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards including 1987 SCTE National Achievement Award, 1994 SCTE Member of the Year, & is a SCTE Circle of Eagles recipient. In 2001 he was inducted into the SCTE Hall of Fame and noted as an icon in the industry. In 2014 the Cable Center in Denver recognized Wendell as a cable industry stalwart. The SCTE Heart of America Chapter recently established a new award to be presented annually named the Wendell & Ruth Woody Founders Award. Wendell was a member and former Deacon of Northminster Presbyterian Church. Wendell is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth (Akers), sons Stuart (Brian) & David (Teri), grandchildren Beth & Ben, brother Fred (LaRu), brother in-laws Bobbie Allenbrand & Frank Akers (Elaine), sister in-law Mary Ann Lowary & many nephews & nieces. Wendell was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Verlyn & Gary, & sisters Lodema Allenbrand & Pearl Meyer. Visitation: 5:00-7:00 PM Friday evening, April 10th at the Northminster Presbyterian Church, 1441 NE Englewood Rd., Kansas City, MO 64118. Funeral Service will be Saturday, April 11th at 10:00 AM at Northminster. Graveside services will be Sunday, April 12th at 3:00 PM in the Grandview Cemetery, Albany, MO. In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to Northminster Presbyterian Church or the Heart of America SCTE Chapter - c/o Treasurer 13008 N Stark, Liberty MO 64068. Arrangements: Roberson- Polley Chapel, Albany, MO. (660) 726-3400. Online Condolences: www.robersonpolleychapel.com
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Published by Kansas City Star on Apr. 10, 2015.