1944 - 2021

Richard Dean Woodward, LTC (Ret) passed away peacefully at his home on Friday August 27th, 2021, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard is survived by his wife of 55 years, Penny, two of their three children, Richard Jr & Theresa, grandchildren Matthew 'Taylor' (Haleigh), Brianne, Paige (David), Madison, Everett, Chase, Raymond 'Trace', Mark, Corey, & Mikayla, great grandchildren Kaydence, Bennett, Lily, Natalia, Delilah, & Taylor 'Dean', sister Debra Parry (Scott), brother Douglas G. Woodward (Rebecca), aunt Vi Allan, numerous nieces, nephews, extended family, and countless friends. Richard is predeceased by his parents David Dean Woodward & Carol Allan Woodward, brother David A. Woodward, and daughter Lauren Eileen Kubeczka.

Richard was born in Provo, Utah on September 30, 1944. At age 11, his family moved to Southern California where he graduated in 1962 from Torrance High School as salutatorian. He entered West Point at age 17 and served on the Brigade Staff as Cadet Activities Officer during his final year. He graduated in 1966, and later furthered his education at Stanford University, Command & General Staff College, and Webster University.

Second only to his family and his faith, Richard's greatest devotion was to his country. He proudly served from June 1966 through September 1986 with duty stations throughout the U.S. and Germany, including a tour in Vietnam. His military awards include a Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Vietnamese Service Medal, Purple Heart, Army Services Ribbon, Overseas Services Ribbon, Vietnamese Service Medal with Palm, Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Oak Leaf Cluster), Parachutist Badge, Ranger Tab, & Legion of Merit.

After retirement from the US Army, Richard was employed at USAA as director of engineering and construction, and then went on to consult to private companies across the nation.

Richard had a serving spirit that extended well beyond his family and country. He spent years mentoring those fighting addiction. He was a model of strength. He led by his actions. He was humble and kind, and will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

A funeral mass is scheduled for Saturday September 25th at 12:00 noon at Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 8134 Blanco Road, San Antonio Texas.

For those who wish to make a donation in Richard's memory, please consider Wounded Warriors or Tunnels 2 Towers.

Published by Express-News on Sep. 10, 2021.
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8134 Blanco Road, San Antonio, TX
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Marilyn & "Doc" Kasper
December 3, 2021
I will remember Rich as a good friend, classmate, and caring person,
Joel Gartenberg
September 12, 2021
Richard and Stephanie Box
September 10, 2021
Richard was such a great man with a beautiful love for his family! And my gosh do I miss his quick wit and ability to make us laugh like no other. I love you all and will continue to pray for you daily- that you can find a peace that surpasses understanding.
Kim Dennis
September 10, 2021
I will always do my best to shine bright the strength and humility he instilled in me. These things can only be taught by a person of this caliber. "Always do the next right thing, and you can´t go wrong". He lived this, and so will we, in his honor. So proud to call this man dad. ~Theresa D Woodward
September 9, 2021
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