Eddie L. “Woody” Woodard, Sr., 69, of Van Wert passed away Tuesday evening, January 24, 2023 at Van Wert Health.

He was born on February 20, 1953, in Fort Wayne, Indiana the son of the late Virgil G. Woodard and Arliss Elaine (Bates) Woodard. On June 3, 1989, he married Kim T. (Galloway) Hale-Woodard who survives of Van Wert.

Other family survivors include his children, Eddie (Jesika) Woodard, Jr. of Van Wert, Shane Hale (Joanne Thatcher) of Middle Point, Shannon (Carmen) Hale of Grover Hill, Ryan (Malissa) Hale of Grover Hill, Debra (Jeremy) Buechner of Van Wert, Cynthia (Donnie) Buck of Pierson, FL, Jennifer (Eric) Brown of Convoy and Crystal (Keil) Seward of Hillard, Ohio; one brother, Larry Woodard of Convoy; two sisters, Nancy Thompson of Fort Wayne, Indiana and Cheryl (Elmer) Baker of Payne; twenty-three grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren, with two on the way.

Woody worked as a welder at Sims Cabs Inc. in Payne and then moved to Florida as a salesman in the frozen daiquiri mixes business. He loved to go hunting and fishing, along with listening to Conway Twitty and Hank Williams. Woody would watch western movies and always had Fox News on.

An open house to celebrate “Woody” will take place on Saturday, February 4, 2023, from 2 - 5 p.m. at Cheers & Gears Bar and Grill in Convoy and at 3:30 p.m. come and join us for one last toast for Eddie.

Preferred memorials are to the Convoy Fox Hunters Club.

Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded at cowanfuneralhome.com, Tribute Wall.