Gerald J. Woodward, age 93, of Quincy, died on Tuesday, October 6, 2020 at 12:44 p.m. in Blessing Hospital.
Gerald was born on September 13, 1927 in New Salem, IL, a son of Cloyd and Helen Eichman Woodward. He married Jo Ann Adkisson on August 2, 1959 in New London, MO. She preceded him in death on September 2, 2009.
Gerald was a 1943 graduate of Hull High School. After graduation, Gerald was drafted into the United States Army, where he served as part of the German occupation until his honorable discharge.
One of Gerald's first jobs was at International Harvester, and his interest in tractors and farming would be a life-long passion. Gerald owned and operated Woodward Garage for over forty years in Hull, IL, where he and Jo Ann raised their sons. After Gerald retired from the mechanic business, he took a position in Housekeeping with the Illinois Veterans' Home. He retired for the second time in 2002, after eight years at the Home.
Gerald was a 32nd Degree Mason, and he was a member of the Hull American Legion Post 1061.
Survivors include two sons: Travis (Cynthia) Woodward of Quincy and Carl (Teri) Woodward of Hannibal, MO; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; a brother, Kenneth (Nancy) Woodward of Lake of the Ozarks, MO; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife, he was preceded in death by his parents and five siblings: Twilla, Paul, Everett, Betty, and Barbara Jo Anne.
Graveside Services: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at Greenmount Cemetery with Pastor Andrew Kovar officiating. Please bring a mask if you plan on attending.
Visitation: 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9, 2020 at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home. Please bring a mask if you plan on attending.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery with Military Honors by American Legion Post 37 and the United States Army Funeral Detail.
Memorials: Blessing Cancer Center
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.
Condolences to the Woodward family. I fondly remember going to the station for candy bars when I was a kid. He was always kind.
Sorry for your loss. I remember him as being very friendly, and a great mechanic.
He worked on my cars,and was always very professional, and didn't have high prices.
He wanted you to be happy with his work.
He's in Heaven working on the Angels cars.
Carl and Travis, my deepest sympathy and condolences to you and yours. Both your Mom and Dad were one-of-a-kind and I have many memories of them both. Semper fi! Dave Lehr
Travis, I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad. May you find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories you have. Bonnie from Harrison HyVee.
God rest you, Woody! You will be missed at Markword. Grateful to have known this good-hearted man!
Prayers and Thoughts to the Family and Friends. Gerald lived up the street from us in Southern View for many years.
Woody was such a nice man, we had the privilege of working with him at the Veteran's home. Thoughts and prayers to family and friends.
For a couple years, Mr. Woodward gave me a part time job after school at his garage. It was needed at the time, and he always a good and fair man. My condolences to all in the family.
So very sorry for your loss Terri and family.
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