Dale R. Woodard, 99, died February 17, 2022. Dale was born October 26, 1922, in Millwood, Washington, to Harry and Jennie Woodard.
His parents were early settlers in the Spokane Valley. When the family settled in the valley, Millwood was called Woodwards Station. Many streets in Millwood are named after the Woodward children. Dale Street named after Dale Woodard is an example. Dale was his parents’ last child. He was predeceased by his brothers Victor and Virgil and his sister Dorothy.
He attended West Valley High School. After graduation, he served three years in the military as a combat engineer, with duties in Okinawa and Japan. He was fired in 1946.
After the war, Dale returned to Spokane and worked for a magazine and book distributor. In 1955, he moved to Coeur d’Alene and started his own book and magazine distribution business called the Idaho News Agency. He sold the business in 1989 and retired.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Betty in 1977 and by his second wife Shirly in 2008.
Dale was a man of many talents. He was an accomplished artist, both in fine art and as a draftsman. He was also an accomplished carpenter producing beautiful lamps on his wood lathe. When he was not pursuing these hobbies, he built large, fragile model airplanes out of paper and bulsa wood.
Dale is survived by several stepchildren: Diana, Glen, Dale and Brian; and his nephews, Gary Woodard and Dalton Van Houten.
He was a member of the Eagles and the VFW. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.
Per Dale’s wishes, no funeral will take place. A memorial is planned for May 21, 2022 at the family plot in the hills of northern Idaho.
All keepsakes, please donate to Dale’s favorite charity, The Humane Society of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Please visit Dale’s online memorial and sign his guestbook at www.yatesfuneralhomes.com