March 3rd, 2021 Obituary:
Ray Woodard passed away in Augusta, Georgia, from complications due to cancer surgery on February 1, 2021. He was born in Grants Pass, Oregon on December 22, 1955.
His generosity and optimism showed in his gentle kindness to all that he met. His devotion was to Mary and Lola.
His passions were his 2005 Jeep, hiking local areas, and Cuban style double shot espressos with a doughnut!
Ray had just spent his birthday and the holidays with his sons Bryan and Keith, and Bryan’s lovely wife, Jessica.
He had recently retired after 35 years with PeaceHealth in Ketchikan.
Ray loved Dude Mountain in late July when the flowers bloomed on the ridge. He will forever be in our memories.
March 13th, 2021 Obituary:
Ray D. Woodard, Jr. of Ketckikan, died February 1, 2021.
He was born December 22, 1955 in Grants Pass, Oregon. He grew up in Medford, OR. His family moved to Ketchikan in the late 1960s. He graduated from Ketchikan High School in 1974.
Ray joined the Army right out of high school. After the Army he made his way to Florida where he met and married Margaret Woodard, mother to Bryan and Keith.
Ray always thought of Ketchikan as “Home”, so he was thrilled to relocate from Miami to work for PeaceHealth in Ketchikan where he worked until retirement in 2020.
He loved to read, listen to music, hike, camp, beachcomb, kayak – anything outdoors. He was kind and very considerate of others. He was a wonderful Father, Son and Brother.
He was preceded in death by his Grandparents, Ural (Chick) and Emma Donnelly, Blackie and Thelma Barnes; Mother, Shirley A. Bruneau; and Uncle, David H. Woodard.
Ray is survived by his Wife, Mary of Idaho; Sons, Bryan (Jessica) of Georgia and Keith Woodard of Washington; Father, Ray D. Woodard, Sr. of Washington; Sister he never wanted, Rae A. Woodard of Washington; Sister he never had, Robyn J. Burn of Alaska; and Brother, Ural K. Woodard; Nephew, Kerry J. Charles of Alaska and Niece, Sarah M. Short of Washington.
He asked that his ashes be taken to Dude Mountain, one his favorite places to hike and camp.
He will be missed so very much.