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Ken Woodward


August 14, 2019

Ken Woodward passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 6, after a long life and a brief illness. He was the remaining survivor out of two sisters and three brothers, one of whom was his identical twin Keith. Their twinness proved particularly valuable when one of them was in foul trouble on the basketball court.

Ken enlisted in the Air Force right after World War II and served in Japan in the Army of Occupation. He was a member of the Fifth Air Force basketball team traveling around playing exhibition games for the troops. His lifelong work revolved around the outdoors where he served as a fish hatchery superintendent and game warden. He managed to retire before the required paperwork transformed from stacks to mountains. He was lucky to enjoy 27 years of retirement.

We will remember Kenny for his big, gentle smile on that long, thin frame, his devotion to his family, and the remarkable and indefatigable energy he spent serving as main caregiver to his wife of 45 years, Pauline. He also spent countless hours sitting on uncomfortable lawn chairs enduring varying weather systems as he watched T-ball or hockey or school events. He and his brothers set up elaborate elk camps for all to enjoy.

Since the Woodward family lived where Kenny worked, his exemplary work ethic was a great example for his two kids, Rick and Kim. He is survived by his son Rick (Mo), two grandchildren Ned (Anna) and Nate, and three great grandchildren Marlee, Aria and Olivia as well as his Goldendale companion, Shirley Marvel. He was 91.

Ken will have a memorial service at the Goldendale American Legion at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, and will be buried with full military honors.


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