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Harold J. 'Woody' Woodford

Published on -7/28/2012, 4:59 PM

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Harold J. "Woody" Woodford, 86, died Thursday, July 26, 2012, in Lubbock, Texas.

He was born July 1, 1926, in Topeka to Harold and Louise Woodford. He attended Washburn University and a member of the tennis team.

He married L. Annabelle Smith in April 10, 1949. She preceded him in death. He worked more than 30 years for Santa Fe Railroad, primarily at Union Station in Kansas City, Mo. He retired to Topeka, where he was an avid bowler and enjoyed refinishing antique furniture in his early retirement years. Later, he lived in Hays and Oakley, where he was active in the Senior Companion Program.

He was a U.S. Navy veteran, serving in 1944 on the USS Hugh W. Hadley during World War II. He also was a veteran of the Korean War.

Survivors include three sons, Phillip, Spokane, Wash., Bruce, Portales, N.M., and Bradley, Lee's Summit, Mo.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 9 a.m. Thursday at Penwell-Gabel Mid-Town Chapel, Topeka; burial in Penwell-Gabel Cemetery, Topeka.

Condolences can be sent to the family at www.PenwellGabelTopeka.com.

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