Robert P. Woodard

Funeral services for Robert P. “Bob” Woodard, 80, Baldwin City, KS will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 9, 2011 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary in Lawrence.  Inurnment will be at a later date.  Mr. Woodard died Tuesday, July 5, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Bob was born on June 23, 1931 in Lawrence, KS, the son of Hubert (Funny) and Laura Eilleen Macoubrie Woodard.  He graduated in 1949 from Eudora High School in Eudora, KS.  He then served in the U.S. Army from 1950-1953.

He went to work for Rusty’s IGA in 1949, left for three years of military service during the Korean War, and then returned to work at Rusty’s at their various Lawrence locations until he retired in March 1988, as the manager of the Produce Department at Rusty’s Hillcrest.  During his retirement, he worked in grocery stores in Osawatomie, Eudora and Baldwin City, Kansas.                         

Bob was a member of the New Life Assembly of God in Baldwin City, the American Veterans Association and the Disabled American Veterans.

His hobbies included: fishing, bird-watching and KU basketball. 

He married Shirley Jones on June 15, 1958 in Lawrence, KS.  She survives of the home.   

Survivors include a daughter, Missi (Michelle D.) Lehr, of Kansas City, MO, three sons; William R. “Bill” Woodard, of Lawrence, KS, Robert E. “Bobby” Woodard (wife, Kendra), of Baldwin City, KS, and Matthew P. (wife, Youngha) Woodard, of Lawrence, KS.  He is also survived by nine grandchildren: David Harper, Nicole Harper, Nathan Harper, Adam Lehr, Zachary Lehr, Brandon Woodard, Laura Lee, Max Woodard, and Caleb Woodard and two great grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Friday at the mortuary.

Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Wounded Warrior Project or Heart of America Teen Challenge and may be sent in care of the mortuary. 

13 Condolences

  1. Denise Mead on July 6, 2011 at 3:15 pm

    Bob, I am missing you already. Thanks for the years of stories and laughter and love. My life has been blessed because you were a part of it.

  2. Robert Eri Woodard on July 6, 2011 at 8:06 pm

    Pops,I know I always said what I needed to say to you…but I still wonder if I ever forgot to say something to you.You are the reason I am who I am today.You taught me a good work ethic,to be a God fearing man,to respect others and how to shoot one hell of a hook shot.You taught me how to fish, how to shoot a gun and respect it.I will cherish the memories of every fishing trip we had, especially the ones we had in the most recent past.I love you and miss you, see you later you stubborn ol’coot…

  3. Patty McGrew on July 6, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    I remember Bob as one of the great Rusty’s employees who made grocery shopping fun. Energetic with a ready smile and always friendly and helpful. I only knew him from that store yet I can remember him so clearly. I’m sure he touched many lives and know he will be missed!

  4. Penny Sassaman on July 6, 2011 at 10:54 pm

    You will be missed by many! Was always a pleasure to around. Rest in peace, my friend.
    Penny Sassaman

  5. Dick and Pat Floyd on July 7, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    You and your family are in our thoughts.

  6. Rick Symmonds on July 7, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Michelle and family,I offer my sincere condolences for your great loss.May you continue to find peace and comfort in cherished memories.

  7. Sara Mullin on July 7, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    With deepest sympathy from the family of late Gene A. Mullin.

  8. George Puckett on July 8, 2011 at 12:36 am

    Dear Woodard Family:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. You were great friends many years ago of me and my late wife Barbara when we lived in Lawrence. My prayers are with you and yours.

  9. Bob Woodard on July 8, 2011 at 11:05 am

    Thinking of you,and want you to know our Prayers and Thoughts are withyou and FamilylGod Bless from Vera and Lee

  10. Robert Woodward on July 8, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that you have passed away. My thoughts and prayers are with Shirley and your family. I know you will be missed.
    Maggie “Deckwa” Cormack

  11. Rick Huettenmueller on July 13, 2011 at 2:50 pm

    I am very sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Bob for several years while attending KU and he was always a good and fair boss. I enjoyed working for him and he certainly worked hard from start to finish. He always provided a good example ! He will certainly be missed.

  12. Kasara on July 21, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Wow, this is in every respect what I neeedd to know.

  13. Eileen Webb on November 3, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I never really knew Bob, but I was named after his mother, Eilleen.

    Unfortunately, my mother (Merry Johnson Webb) probably never knew that her real first name was Laura! Neither did I, until I saw this announcement. Go figure. But she misspelled it anyway, hence I am Eileen, with one “L”.

    I wish I had known Mrs. Woodard and her family better, but my family moved to Portland, Oregon in 1966. I live in West Richland, WA, now.

    The distance made that difficult. The last time I saw Bob, I was 10. All I remember about Mrs. Woodard’s house are the lily-of-the-valley flowers in the front.

    Today, 20161103, I am heading to Eudora to find out where my mother grew up, where Eilleen lived, in Eudora.

    Blessings to the Woodard family.

    Eileen Louise Webb

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