FRANCIS ERWIN WOODARD
Wellsburg - Francis Erwin Woodard, 78, AKA, Sonny, Grandpa Grr, Bush, the man downstairs, passed away peacefully in his home surrounded by his loving family on June 10th, 2021.
He was born April 23, 1943 in Elmira, NY. He was predeceased in death by his Grandparents, Abby and Peter Dickson.
He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years Rose Woodard; his children Tom (Cindy) Woodard and Melissa Woodard Molter; his grandchildren Justin (Cheyenne) and Casey Woodard, Chelsae (Pawel) Sicinski and Emily Molter; his great grandchildren Marlie Rose, Alexander, Mahlani and Adalynn; his special friend Owen Frank; a few beloved nieces and nephews and his cats Blacky, Duke, Muffin and Baby Kitty.
Francis was a veteran of the United States Navy. He proudly served on the USS Springfield from July 1963 - July 1965. He remained in the Reserves until January 1968. He retired from the Sheet Metal Union Local #112.
Francis loved the outdoors and all animals and wildlife. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He spent countless hours on his tractor mowing and taking care of his land.
He had a lifelong love for baseball. He played from a very young age. His positions were center field and short stop. He was picked to play for the Washington Senators. He passed that love on as he coached his son's baseball teams as he grew up. He was a devoted Yankees fan.
He also loved horse racing. He enjoyed watching at Tioga Downs, Finger Lakes Race Track or on TV. He was also known to stop by OTB on occasion to place a bet or two. He liked following all the stats of the Jockeys, horses and their owners.
In lieu of flowers, please make a memorial donation to Care First (Hospice). A special Thank You to the Care First staff for their help and support.
Burial service at the convenience of the family in Woodlawn National Cemetery, Elmira. Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kalec Funeral Home.
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Published by Star-Gazette from Jun. 12 to Jun. 15, 2021.