Charles (Chuck) Woodard passed away on December 16, 2017 in Colorado Springs.
Chuck was born on April 28, 1947 in Speedway, Indiana to Charles Edward and Dorothy (Dodds) Woodard. He was a beloved mentor, coach and friend to many, a strong leader and supporter who saw and brought out the best in countless people over the years, especially young Airman and budding real estate agents.
Chuck was a proud, steadfast and strong-minded man who loved his country. Lt. Col. Woodard spent 28 years in the United States Air Force, serving during, Vietnam Desert Storm and beyond, eventually stationed in Texas, Korea, Germany, Ohio, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado, where he retired and began his career in real estate.
He loved nothing more than helping others, expecting nothing in return. As a coach and mentor, he had the patience of a saint; if you didn’t understand something the first time, he kept at it until you did. If he said he was going to do something or be somewhere, then he was true to his word. He and his former wife Vickie once drove 27 hours to watch his son Shane’s track meet at the Citadel in South Carolina, then turned right around and drove 27 hours home, sleeping in the car both ways.
Chuck was a huge, steady presence in the lives of those who knew him; he was always there, always ready to offer help or advice – or just to enjoy watching his beloved Broncos or Avalanche play. His absence is enormous, but leaves a space filled with love and gratitude.
He is survived by his wife, Diana; his son, Shane; his daughter, Indre Roy; his grandson, Cameron Roy; his sister, Susan Baird (David), who remembers that, when she was little, her big brother would give her pennies when she cried; his niece Melissa Flick; his great-nephews, Asher and Owen Flick; His nephew Kevin Baird (Mehgan); his great-nephew Bentley Baird; his great-niece Betsy Baird Anderson; his sister-in-law Libby Woodard; his nephew Jared Woodard; and his best friend, Vickie Woodard. His parents, Charles and Dorothy, and his brother, Earl, preceded him in death.
Memorial Services for family and friends will be held at 2:00pm Thursday, December 21, 2017 at the Return to Nature Chapel West, 11 N. 22nd Street, Colorado Springs, with Col. Vickie Woodard (USAF, Retired) officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome: rarediseases.org – Select Donate, then Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome.
Services are under the direction of Return to Nature Funeral Home, Colorado Springs, Colorado. www.returntonaturecolorado.com