Albert "Woody" Hall Woodard, 75, died Wednesday, March 5, 2003, at a veterans hospital in Fort Harrison after a long illness.

He was buried at the Montana Veterans Cemetery in Fort Harrison on March 11. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Havre Assembly of God Church.

Albert was born on July 31, 1927, in Elgin, Ill., to Christine I. Cooper and Theodore A. Woodard. Albert served in the U.S. Merchant Marines in 1943 and then in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Albert married M. Jean Miller in 1963 in Chicago.

Albert was a delivery driver for 23 years, carpenter for five to six years, and worked for the Hill County Superintendent of Schools through Green Thumb for four years. He received his GED through the Navy. He attended Northern Montana College, where he earned three degrees - a one-year certificate in metal technology, associate degree in drafting technology, and a bachelor's degree in drafting.

Albert was a member of the Havre Assembly of God Church, where he enjoyed singing in the choir and attending church functions. His volunteer work involved several projects, including North Central Senior Citizens Center, United Way of Hill County, and anything to help with the church.

He enjoyed photography, traveling, music, fishing, and most of all being active in church.

Albert was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, mother, son, Timothy H. Woodard on June 6, 1999, a nephew and a sister.

Survivors include his children, Suzan L. Weiglenda of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., John A. Woodard of Tacoma, Wash., and Jeanine (Brian) Ragland of Phoenix, Ariz .; sisters, Barbara Brucato of Skokie, Ill., and Pat (Don) Knueven of Huntley, Ill .; eight grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial has been established and will be announced later.


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