Howard D. Woody


On Tuesday, Feb. 11, Howard D. Woody peacefully passed away. Howard D. Woody was born in the room behind the Union Telephone Company switch room in Mountain View, on June 22, 1922, to John D. and Mary Woody. 

Howard grew up helping his dad work the land and with the company that would later define his life. He volunteered for the Army and served with distinction throughout World War II, in which he received the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart. After the war, he worked for Timber Processing, Union Pacific, Bridger Valley Electric, Union Telephone Company and the ranch.

He was actively involved with the operation of Union Telephone Company throughout his life, as well as working all manner of livestock on the ranch. He served as a board member for the United States Independent Telephone Association, president of Rocky Mountain Telephone Association and chairman of the board for Union Telephone Company. Howard was active while continuing to serve in the communities through the Lions Club, American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.   

On Oct. 17, 1942, he married the love of his life, Esther P. Gladwill, and together they had five children: John G. (Roberta), James H. (Pamela) Gloria Dee, Lee J. (Linda) and Bonnie J. Shannon (Wayne), along with eight grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. 

Howard was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mary; his sisters, Goldie, Lottie, Verla, and Bonnie; his wife, Esther; daughter G. Dee; son, Lee J.; daughters-in-law, Linda K. and Linda M.; grandson, James D.; granddaughter-in-law, Lisa; and a great-granddaughter, Ashlynn Spurlin.

A viewing was held from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 14, at Crandall Funeral Home, 800 Uinta St. in Evanston. Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 15, at the Evanston Machine Shop, 1500 Main St. A graveside service was held immediately following the service and transport to the Fort Bridger Cemetery. 

Online condolences may be given at crandallfhevanston.com.

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