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John T. Woodside, Sr.

December 21, 1926 - August 30, 2017

This is the obituary of my Father, John T. Woodside. The obituary that he wrote looked like an incident report for a police department so I have embellished it a bit! His remarks are in quotations and mine well they flower it up a little.

John T. Woodside was born to Wesley B. Woodside and Mable Gertrude Jones (Lane) on December 21, 1926 in Benicia, California. He was the youngest of three children. He was a child of the landscape and learned to hunt at an early age to help put food on the table. He was also an avid fly fisherman and spent most of his life wetting a line in any stream or river he could find. As a youth he learned to play trumpet and enjoyed music and dancing.

When he turned 17 "his primary occupation" began in the "United States Navy and the United States Coast Guard, March 1944 to September of 1966 as a Chief Petty Officer with over twenty two years military service." He "served with the Navy during WWII, participated in the invasions of Saipan, Tinian, and Guam in the Mariana Islands and the invasion of Okinawa April 1, 1945. He remained in Okinawa until early 1946 when he returned home." During this time he was stationed aboard ship with my mother's brother Robert, Dad didn't get any mail at this time from family so he asked "Bob" if he could read his sisters letters. It wasn't long when he asked "Bob" if he could correspond with his sister, thus beginning the love story of his life where he met our mother Bonnie and married her shortly afterward. They were married for 66 years and she proceeded him in death in April of 2014.

When WWII ended he joined the United States Coast Guard, with the Coast Guard he sailed out of Alameda, California, during the Korea Campaign and pulled Sea duty with the Home port in Norfolk, Virginia, during Vietnam." During his time in the military he was also a recruiter and a teacher at the Coast Guard Academy. Throughout parts of his military career dad worked part time as a radio broadcaster. Some of the stations he worked for were "KLAK in Lakewood, Colorado, WICH in Norwich, Connecticut, and WCMS in Norfolk, Virginia. Upon retiring from the military he took a job as program director for KVOC in Casper, Wyoming; Operations Manager and Program Director at KFKA in Greeley, Colorado; News Director and Production Specialist at KAPY in Port Angeles, Washington; and Staff Announcer and Production Specialist at KFTN in Provo, Utah."

During his time in Radio, Dad interviewed and befriended many country music performers of that era. He "Conducted many personal interviews with Patsy Cline, Johnny Cash, the Carters, June Carter Cash, the Statler Brothers, Sonny James, Billy Walker, Leroy Van Dyke, Dave Dudley, Marty Robins, Connie Smith, Norma Jean, Ray Price, Ernest Tubb, Carl Smith, Charlie Louvin, Roy Drusky, George Jones, Bill Anderson, Hank Thompson, Minnie Pearl, Grandpa Jones, Little Jimmy Dickens, Roger Miller, Porter Wagoner, Jim Reeves, and Eddie Arnold to name a few." There were always country music stars in and out of our home and other radio personalities of the day including Paul Harvey.

When Dad left Radio he worked in retail, he then "accepted employment with the Inspector General, Department of Defense; Washington D.C." His assignment was "Inspecting Department of Defense Agencies for Waste, Fraud, Abuse, and Mismanagement." When his assigned office closed in June 1988 he worked in retail until full retirement later that year.

Our Father was very proud of his Apache and Northern Cheyenne heritage and danced many years at pow-wow's and other gatherings representing WWII Veterans and watching his children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren dance. He was very proud of his uniform and was dedicated to his military service. Dad loved to golf and he liked to refinish furniture. He was an advocate and had a great respect for wildlife, their habitats, lives, and surroundings and carried special relationships with them. My brother and I benefitted from his expertise in shooting, fishing, wildlife, and his love of music, all four of which helped to develop us into who we are today.

John T. Woodside is survived by his son John T. Woodside Jr. and grandsons John Trent Ill, Jesse Lee, and Wesley Andreas. His daughter Gail J. Woodside and granddaughters Lynn Nita, Gennifer Huiksi, Serene Charisa, and Alyssa Tiponi. He was blessed with many great grandchildren, Logan Glen-Bryant, Sawyer Alora and Maverick Trent Woodside, Kiana Nizhonii and Kai'Anii Cole Walker, Na'Kai Dahaashii Lopez, and Ayria Lynn Davis. His nieces Carol Ann Miller, Shiloh Hobel, and Cheryl Ann Woodside. He is also survived by many sons and daughters he and mom gathered along the way including Edda Marshall, Lon and Becky Redman, and Clarissa Bertha.
A celebration of life with full military honors will be held for Dad and Mom on the 20th of September 2017, 0900 hours at Golden Gate National Cemetery, 1300 Sneath Lane, San Bruno, California 94066.


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Aho, mitakuye oyasin!

Our thoughts prayers and hearts are with you. Love Jason and Shannon Tesky

Dad John and Momma Bonnie were wonderful people and I was so honored to be a part of the family. I miss them greatly. Love and blessings to the family.

Creator took an amazing spirit home. My precious Uncle John Trent Woodside is now dancing across the Milky Way to his loving wife's arms. In the short time that I have known my Uncle John we shared so many life happenings about my family, my uncle, my aunt and my father while they were children. Stories about the military, jobs, raising children, and even the sad times. We Laughed Until We Cried and we cried until we laughed. We shared secrets and most of all healing. We shared stories that neither of us had told anyone else. Most of all we shared love. Thank you Uncle John for sharing this moment of life with me. In truth and in happiness. Have a beautiful dance across the Milky Way and hug all of the relatives for me please. I love you forever. Please hold his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren in your prayers.

John & Gail, 
My condolences to you and all of your family.  May you find peace in the memories of your parents.  God bless you all!

Much love,
Ruth Hanes

RIP and thank you for your service.

After reading this i find myself in tears as the world lost another of the few good men left in it and the mention of Bonnie whom I just heard a couple days ago past some several years ago. Both very very good ppl with hearts of gold and also both being tho only two people in my life over ever called grandma and grandpa. Altho not by blood still the only grandparents ive ever known. I'm deeply moved and borrowed by this and give my up most respects to the Woodside family. My heart and thoughts go out to all of you....

A truly remarkable and wonderful life. This world has lost a great man. May his family find peace in the memories of the times shared.