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Joyce Vernon Woody


Joyce Vernon Woody passed away in Medford, Ore., on June 22, 2010 after a recent hospitalization. "Woody" was born in Emmett, Idaho on Aug. 15, 1925 to Samuel Wesley and Katherine Hughes Woody. He was the second and youngest of two boys who grew up in Emmett and joined the military during WWII.

He remained in the service of his country (USN and USAF) until November of 1971 and retired in his home town. Near the end of the war he married Roberta D. McIntyre, and started a family of seven children who traveled the world as a military family. Woody's commitment to his family and country remained strong as he completed different tours of duty in combat zones and remote locations. Woody's service in the Navy during wartime placed him on the heavily damaged carrier USS Franklin CV-13, wherein he survived but was wounded in action. He always returned home and provided the stability of a true husband and father. After retiring from the Armed Forces he worked for many years with the State of Idaho as a Correctional Officer, and again retired in the mid 1980's.

Woody's other interests were in the outdoors, fishing, hunting and "wheeling and dealing" for a new auto, RV or fishing boat. He spent many seasons standing in the Salmon River working his fishing line for steelhead around Riggins, and hunting for elk in the high country. He shared what he knew about the outdoors with his kids in a quietly reserved manner and was always available for support when asked for help. His dream of living in the canyon on the river never came to fruition, although his many "migrations" north to Riggins, and the river, brought him great comfort.

Woody was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Ernest, and his daughter Jeanne McLinn (Gerald). . . . A memorial service at the Idaho Veteran's Cemetery will be held on August 20th at 3 p.m. Donations in Woody's memory may be made to the charity of your choice.

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