William L. "Lewie" Woodard, age 92, of Bliss, passed away Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, with his family by his side.
He was born April 22, 1920, in Pellston, to Guy and Hazel (Kilpatrick) Woodard.
Lewie served in the U.S. Army during World War II serving in the Philippines and Manila. He was very proud of the fact that he went from Pfc. to Tech Sgt. in one month having received the Certificate of Proficiency from the Armored School in Fort Knox, Ky. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
After his discharge from the service, he bought his own dump truck and went to work hauling asphalt during the building of the Mackinac Bridge. He then went to work for H&D Highway Construction in Petoskey and retired in 1982 after more than 30 years of service.
Lewie was an avid car buff having owned more than 200 cars in his lifetime. He enjoyed working with his hands and could build just about anything.
He was a generous caring man and a great storyteller.
Lewie was a member of the Petoskey V.F.W. Post and Bliss Missionary Church where he served on the church board in several different capacities. He was an avid sportsman and enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family, his church family and especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife of 72 years, Edith, of Bliss; three children, Richard (Linda) Woodard of Levering, Beverly (Tom) Pacynski of Bay City and Linda (Bruce) Helton of Charlotte, Mich.; five grandchildren, Randy Woodard, Steven Woodard, Mike Anderson, Laurie Zielinski and Traci Zingery; seven great-grandchildren, Alexx, Abby, Sami, Carly, Tori, Caleb and Wyatt; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Virginia Taylor.
The funeral service will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at Bliss Missionary Church with pastor Rob Rhinier officiating. The family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the church. Military honors will immediately follow the funeral service and burial will take place in the spring at Bliss Township Cemetery.
Memorial contributions in Lewie's name may be directed to the church or the wishes of the family.
Those wishing to sign an online register book are invited to do so at www.stonefuneralhomeinc.com.
Arrangements are being handled by the Nordman-Christian Funeral Home in Cheboygan.