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C.E. "Bud" Woodard

C.E. "Bud" Woodard, age 84, of Walla Walla, WA, formerly of Kadoka, SD, died March 23, 2003 at Walla Walla General Hospital in Walla Walla, Washington.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 17, at the Kadoka Cemetery with Father Brian Sorenson officiating.

Mr. Woodard was born August 6, 1918, in Kadoka, SD, the son of Hiram J. and Iona (Kelling) Woodard. He attended school in Long Valley and Wanblee. He later attended Seattle University and Anchorage Community College.

On April 22, 1940, he married Catherine V. Arnold in North Bend, OR. Prior to automation, he was a lighthouse keeper at Umpqua Oregon River Light House with the U.S. Coast Guard. During World War II, he continued with the Coast Guard in the Seattle area as a warrant officer in charge of field construction for the 13th Naval District.

He resigned from the Coast Guard in 1946 and was a general contractor in Seattle and in Alaska where the Woodards moved in 1968. He completed a number of construction projects of military installations, post offices, schools, churches, commercial buildings, office complexes, banks and warehouses.

The Woodards moved to Scottsburg, OR, in 1995 and to Walla Walla in 2002.

Bud was a member of St. Benedict Church, Seattle Associated General Contractors of America, American Arbitration Association, Wallingford Boys Club Board, Seattle VFW #240, National Rifle Association, Ballard Elks Club #827, the American Legion, and Owners and Pilots Association of Alaska.

Bud, as most people knew him, was an avid hunter and fisherman. A private pilot who enjoyed flying his friends sightseeing on his special tour. He was proud of his yard on the banks of the Umpqua River, and was always ready to help those in need. He was an excellent cook, his cinnamon rolls were a delicious treat. He was an avid correspondent, very good at writing and keeping in touch, and looked forward to entertaining and visiting with family and friends. Bud was very proud of his home state and never failed to tell people that he was from South Dakota.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine V. "Kay" Woodard of Walla Walla; a daughter, Catherine Escobar and her husband, Clifford, of Salinas, CA; two sons, Arnold J. Woodard and his wife, Kayla, of Anchorage, and Frederick H. "Rick" Woodard and his wife, Saryn, of Walla Walla; a sister, Janice Woodard Ruyle of Montrose, CO; a brother, Stanley D. Barber and his wife, Helen, of Rapid City; a sister-in-law, Gertrude Woodard of Kadoka; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; many loved nieces and nephews; and several cousins.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father, Stanley D. Barber, Sr.; and a brother, Hiram J. Woodard.

A memorial mass was held April 16, 2003 at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church in Walla Walla, with Father Patrick Kerst officiating.

Memorials may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka is in charge of arrangements. Written tributes may be made at www. rushfuneralhome.com