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.