Richard “Dick” Wayne Woodward was born October 7th, 1940 in Tillamook, Oregon to Merritt & Vivian Woodward.
He was raised on the family farm and went to high school at Nehalem. He loved football and played in the East-West Shriner’s game in Pendleton in 1958. Richard was a dairy farmer all his life and a very successful one. His farm was his passion and his hobby. He loved the land and was always working to improve and make his farm more productive and profitable.
Richard met the love of his wife, LaRayne, in high school. They were married on January 16th, 1960. To Richard, family was the most important part of his life. He loved spending every chance he could get with family and playing with his kids and grandkids. He spent a lot of time at family gatherings dog piling all the kids and cracking his corny jokes.
He was always interested in people and never met a stranger and could talk to anyone. Even though he was always busy, he would be the first person to help a family member, friend, neighbor, and even a stranger in need. He treated everyone with respect and believed in second chances. He also believed everyone had a talent or gift they could use in life. He particularly enjoyed mentoring young men and teaching them the value of hard work. He was very involved with the 4-H program and was a 4-H dairy leader for 20 years. He spent 27 years on the TCCA Board of Directors. He was always open to new ideas in the dairy industry. He would study and research new innovations from all angles before making a decision of whether he should utilize it.
Richard is preceded in death by his parents and brothers Floyd, Lyle, Jerry, Charles & Edward and his sisters Retha and Mildred. Richard is survived by his wife LaRayne of Nehalem, sons Dennis (Teresa) Woodward of Nehalem, Gary Woodward of Nehalem and daughters Carol (Ray) Myers of Salem, Tasha (Cameron) Malcolm of Spokane, WA and Cami Woodward of Nehalem. His sisters Verna Bell of Sweet Home, OR, Peggy Rhodes of Kent, WA and Kay Moser of Big Fork, MT and brother Ronald Woodward of Turner, OR. He is also survived by 13 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 19th at 11:30 am at the Calvary Bible Church in Manzanita.
In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in his name to the Tillamook County 4-H Dairy program.