Charles Daniel Woodward is preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ruth Simpson and his father, Henry Dudley Woodward; father in law, John Niemann, Jr.; mother in law, Naomi Mercer Niemann.
Charles is survived by his wife, Linda Niemann Woodward; sons, Shane Allen Woodward (Lisa) and Alexander Mercer Simpson Woodward; grandson, Cooper Allen Woodward; granddaughter, Riggins Pruitt Woodward; brothers, Tom Woodward and Bruce Woodward; brother in law, John Niemann III (Rachel); sisters in law, Ellen Schlieckau, Victoria Friel (Pat), Marcia Wollschlager (Evan); many nieces and nephews.
Charles was born in Middlesboro, KY and was raised in Durand, IL. He enlisted in the Air Force immediately following high school serving 2 tours in Vietnam; the first tour being the Tet Offensive of 1968, and also served with the 1st Infantry Division as an Air Force liaison. He also had a career in Mechanical Engineering. Charles had a passion for airplanes and flying. He was most proud of his extensive collection of diecast historical airplanes, especially WWII Warbirds.
Charles loved his God and his country, and, oh, the love he had for his wife of 24 years, and love for his sons and daughters. He loved making Linda laugh and said so often. He loved the laughter she gave him. His passion was music, most notably the Blues, Jazz fusion, good ol’ Rock ‘n Roll, and live concerts. He loved 60’s hot rods and the freedom that his Harley gave him. He truly loved traveling by road taking in all that Nature offered and conversing with the common man. He enjoyed Military History, American Western History, and National Parks.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Woodward family.