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Vince was born to Vincent E. Woodward, Sr. and Kathryn Neper Woodward in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He was later joined by two brothers, Bill and Bob, and a baby sister, Susan. Their happy family suffered a tremendous loss when Vince’s parents died very young. The family was held together by his grandmother, Blanche, Vince, and his new bride, Gloria.
One of Vince’s strongest loyalties was to his country. When he took his oath to defend his country, he gladly took it knowing that there was no expiration date on his oath to defend it against all enemies, “foreign and domestic.”
Vince loved his years in the military. He wasn’t content to just join one branch of the service. He volunteered for the Air Force and spent eight years keeping our planes flying as an electronics specialist. When the conflict in Vietnam heated up, Vince volunteered for the Army Aviation branch and distinguished himself as a combat forward observation pilot who flew a single engine airplane at treetop level to advise/mark targets for other aircraft and to locate friendly forces who needed assistance. He was flying relatively unarmed in a situation where lesser men would have been terrified. His bravery was recognized by two Distinguished Flying Cross Metals (a remarkable achievement) and two Bronze Stars.
After retiring from the military, Vince couldn’t sit at home. He filled his time with a variety of employment opportunities. He used his military experience to become a tester and purveyor of weapon systems for friendly governments. He also tried his hand at car sales, printing, pest control, and politics.
Politics was truly a love/service of his life. Not only did he go to Washington, D.C. to put his hand to directly serve the people, he worked tirelessly with state and local politics and public service boards on issues that improved life for everyone.
Vince loved his family, his God, and his Country with all his heart. He was married to his wife, Gloria, for 57 years and was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. His daughters, Kathryn Lanier (Wayne), Barbara Kane (David), and Kimberly Porteous (Nick), were his legacy and his love.
With his six grandchildren and their spouses, Sydney Burke (Ciaran), Alex Lawson (Grace), Nick Kane (Maria), Jessica Kane (Zach), Jordan Kane, Eric Kane and two great-grandchildren, Ben Burke and Lennon Lawson, the spreading family tree was a special delight in his life. He was also an “honorary Grandpa” to many children through the heartstrings.
Vince passed from this world on May 4, 2020. He bravely fought against a viral enemy with everything he had. Again, he was a brave soldier, unarmed, against an opposing force. His final flight was a success as he winged away to heaven.
The Woodward family is being assisted by Georgia Cremation, 7500 Veterans Parkway, Suite A, Columbus, GA 31909, 706-577-0055. The family invites you to leave a condolence or share a fond memory of Mr. Vince below.