Kenneth Charles Woodward died peacefully on October 20, 2016, at the age of 87. He was born April 6, 1929, in Carleton, MI, to Andrew and Marian Woodward. After graduating from Clinton High School in 1947, he attended Adrian College for 2 years and then served 2 years in the United States Army including 16 months in Germany. He received a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Michigan State University and a master’s in Education from Western Michigan University. He had a teaching career at Otto Jr. High in Lansing, retiring in 1985.
Ken married Martha Hayden at Tecumseh Friends Church on August 4, 1956. This year they celebrated their 60th anniversary. Ken was a member at the University United Methodist Church. Ken and Martha enjoyed many years singing together in various choirs. He was an avid sports fan and was known for his loyalty to the MSU Spartans, Detroit Tigers and Lions, win or lose. He enjoyed playing chess and cribbage with his grandchildren and friends and was always up for a game of euchre. Ken’s family and friends were most important to him and he was always interested in and loyal to everyone who came along his path.
Kenneth is survived by his wife, Martha Hayden Woodward; sons, Kenneth Jr. (Kathie), Thomas (Sabrina) and Stephen (Carlotta); daughter, Jane Harrington; brothers, Harry and Jerry (Carol) of California and Art (Jan) of Colorado; sister, Diane (Hal) Buttrell of Washington; brothers-in-law, Bill Hayden (Lenore), John Hayden (Linda) and Kenyon Sprunger (Mary); sisters-in-law, Delores Woodward, Mary Jane Wells and Mickey Spreeman (Lee); grandchildren: Dustin, Crystal, Brian (Lisa), Andrea (Marc), Michael (Marla), Chelsey, Jacob, Gregory IV, John and Nick; great-grandchildren, Kinsley Woodward and Hudson Martineau; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. Kenneth was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Woodward; daughter-in-law, Cathy Woodward; son-in-law, Dr. Gregory Harrington III; grandson, Ryan Woodward; sisters-in-law, Nell Woodward and Betty Sprunger; brothers-in-law, Joseph Hayden and Ronald Wells; and nephew, Phillip Hayden.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5, 2016, at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to University United Methodist Church, the Lansing City Rescue Mission, or Eaton Community Palliative Care.