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Randy Woodyard

South Bend, Indiana

June 26, 1935 - May 7, 2024

Randy Woodyard Obituary

Walter Randolph Woodyard, born in Beckley, West Virginia, June 26,1935...passed away on May 7, 2024. He lived a lot of life in his 88 years. Randy met his sweetheart in high school, they married, and had 3 beautiful children. He was a hands-on Dad, having had 2 sons and one daughter. He did it all, everything from fishing and camping, to attending a Monkee’s concert with over 2000 screaming girls in attendance. All because he didn't want his daughter to miss it. Randy worked for American Electric Power Co, which meant a lot of promotions and a lot of moves. So, from Beckley WVA to Roanoke, Virginia to Berkley Heights, New Jersey, Lancaster, Ohio, North Canton. Ohio, and finally...South Bend, Indiana, no matter where we lived, he would always make sure we were home. Randy retired after 55 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement by getting even more involved in church service. He ran a Sidewalk Sunday School program through Clay Church, that enjoyed a tremendous 10 years, taking the Sidewalk Sunday School truck to kids in impoverished neighborhoods, watching the children come running always brought him to tears. He would trudge through the snow to get to a family that wasn't going to have any Christmas presents for the children. He organized a group of fellow church members to deliver food and gifts on Christmas eve. Randy was also a member of the Clay Church choir for over 20 years. He served on several Walks To Emmaus, which was a huge undertaking that he was humbled to do. Randy loved his family, and always put them first. He always planned yearly family vacations... mostly camping and fishing. He was an exceptional man, father, and husband. 

Randy was proceeded in death by his wife Kyleen Sue Fink Woodyard. His youngest son, David Woodyard, passed away from cancer in 2006. And just recently, his oldest son, Kenneth Woodyard, passed away as well. He is survived by his daughter, Patsy Woodyard Barr, grandchildren Justin Barr, Eli,TJ, Bryce and Kevin Woodyard; and daughter-in-law, Leszlie Woodyard. He was adored and loved by his family. He will be missed beyond measure.. 

In keeping with Randy’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be a celebration of life for Randy and his predeceased son, Kenneth on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Clay Church 52866 N. Ironwood Rd. South Bend, Indiana 46635.  Friends may visit with family from 1:00 pm until the time of services. There will be a reception in the Clay Church Café to follow.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601. 

Palmer Funeral Home – Welsheimer North Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.palmerfuneralhome.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Randy Woodyard hosted by Palmer Funeral Homes.

Walter Randolph Woodyard, born in Beckley, West Virginia, June 26,1935...passed away on May 7, 2024. He lived a lot of life in his 88 years. Randy met his sweetheart in high school, they married, and had 3 beautiful children. He was a hands-on Dad, having had 2 sons and one daughter. He did it all, everything from fishing and camping, to attending a Monkee’s concert with over 2000 screaming girls in attendance. All because he didn't want his daughter to miss it. Randy worked for American Electric Power Co, which meant a lot of promotions and a lot of moves. So, from Beckley WVA to Roanoke, Virginia to Berkley Heights, New Jersey, Lancaster, Ohio, North Canton. Ohio, and finally...South Bend, Indiana, no matter where we lived, he would always make sure we were home. Randy retired after 55 years of service. He enjoyed his retirement by getting even more involved in church service. He ran a Sidewalk Sunday School program through Clay Church, that enjoyed a tremendous 10 years, taking the Sidewalk Sunday School truck to kids in impoverished neighborhoods, watching the children come running always brought him to tears. He would trudge through the snow to get to a family that wasn't going to have any Christmas presents for the children. He organized a group of fellow church members to deliver food and gifts on Christmas eve. Randy was also a member of the Clay Church choir for over 20 years. He served on several Walks To Emmaus, which was a huge undertaking that he was humbled to do. Randy loved his family, and always put them first. He always planned yearly family vacations... mostly camping and fishing. He was an exceptional man, father, and husband. 

Randy was proceeded in death by his wife Kyleen Sue Fink Woodyard. His youngest son, David Woodyard, passed away from cancer in 2006. And just recently, his oldest son, Kenneth Woodyard, passed away as well. He is survived by his daughter, Patsy Woodyard Barr, grandchildren Justin Barr, Eli,TJ, Bryce and Kevin Woodyard; and daughter-in-law, Leszlie Woodyard. He was adored and loved by his family. He will be missed beyond measure.. 

In keeping with Randy’s wishes, cremation has taken place.  There will be a celebration of life for Randy and his predeceased son, Kenneth on Sunday, June 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm at Clay Church 52866 N. Ironwood Rd. South Bend, Indiana 46635.  Friends may visit with family from 1:00 pm until the time of services. There will be a reception in the Clay Church Café to follow.

In Lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers Association 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601. 

Palmer Funeral Home – Welsheimer North Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.  Online condolences may be left at www.palmerfuneralhome.com

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Randy Woodyard hosted by Palmer Funeral Homes.

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