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 Gail Ross Woodward

Gail Ross Woodward

Neola, Duchesne County, Utah, USA
Death 27 Oct 2012 (aged 85)
Utah, USA
Burial Morgan, Morgan County, Utah, USA
Memorial ID 100001831 · View Source
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Riverdale – Gail Ross Woodward, known by many as "Woody", passed away at his home on October 27, 2012, just four days before his 86th birthday. He was born October 31, 1926, in Neola, Utah, to Albert and Dora Barnes Woodward.

While still a young boy, his family moved from Neola and settled in Kaysville, Utah. He attended Davis County schools. He was elected Student Body President of the North Davis Jr. High School in Clearfield in 1943. He went on to attend Davis High School. It was during his high school years that he felt it his duty to join his brothers in the service of his country. With permission from his parents, he joined the U.S. Navy at the age of 17. He was part of the CASU Unit serving in the Pacific during World War II. Gail was a man who truly exemplified "The Greatest Generation", and was patriotic his whole life.

After his honorable discharge, he returned home and worked at Clover Club in Kaysville. After learning the trade, he decided to start his own potato chip business in Gooding, Idaho. It was called "Big Chief". It was a successful venture, but he returned home to begin work at Hillfield. He worked at Hill Air Force Base for 30 years, retiring as Plant Management Branch Chief. He made many lifelong friends during his career. In 1976, Gail started his own business, A-1 Diamond Cut Company. It was a concrete business that he and his sons enjoyed working together. Gail believed in working hard and helping others. He was a man of great character, integrity and honesty.

He married Barbara Whitesides in 1947; they later divorced. To this union were born his five sons. They resided in Layton for 25 years where Gail raised his family.

He later married Judee Singleton on October 8, 1977, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Their marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple on October 8, 1983. They lived in Farr West were Gail served on the Farr West City Council and was instrumental in having the first Farr West City Hall built. They also lived in Morgan, Marriott-Slaterville and Riverdale.

Throughout his life, Gail was a great example of service. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he served in many capacities, including: Stake High Councilman, 1st Counselor in the Bishopric, High Priest Group Leader, MIA President, and many years in scouting. He also enjoyed coaching many young men in Little League baseball, including his sons.

Gail loved animals, especially horses, cows and dogs. He raised, trained and raced horses for years. His other hobbies included hunting and fishing with his brothers, sons, grandsons and friends, traveling and mining. He and his parents, brothers and families, spent many years at their mine in Wallsburg, working their claim there and enjoying their time together. There was nothing Gail enjoyed more than performing an honest day's work, a trait he's handed down to his children and grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife, Judee, of 35 years; 5 sons, Mark (Patty), Joe (Pam), Ross (RaeAnn), Kip (Joleen) and Carl (Patti); 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; brother, Max (Beverly) Woodward; sisters-in-law, Ruby Woodward, Marjorie Taggart, Jean Bellingham and Beth (Ron) VanMeeteren; brothers-in-law, Fred (Peggy) Singleton and Stanton Taggart; former daughter-in-law, Gina (Bob) Elder and Gail's little dog, Sunee.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant sister, Lila; brothers, Emil Woodward, Leo Woodward; and stepson Lance.

Gail is a man who will never be forgotten. He was loved by many family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

The family wishes to give thanks to the many family members, friends and caregivers that helped him through his illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Myers Ogden Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd. A viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 30th from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:40 to 10:40 a.m. prior to services. Interment, South Morgan Cemetery.

(In this obit, it states that he started his own business named "Big Chief". It was actually "Idaho Chief". It was printed wrong on the original obit. Thanks. )

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