Jay Woodward, 52, was born on March 18, 1967 in Wausau, Wisconsin. He passed away peacefully October 29, 2019 in Phoenix, AZ after a 15 month fight with brain cancer. He was surrounded by those who loved him most.
Jay is survived by his wife Cindy, parents Sherry McEwen (Barry) Phoenix, AZ, Cleo Woodward ( Janette) of Wausau, WI, daughter Karla Cornell (Scott) of Denver, CO, his son Dustin Woodward of Phoenix, AZ, stepdaughter Shelbie Hovland of Phoenix, AZ, stepsons Hunter Hovland of Phoenix, AZ, Kelton Hovland of New York, NY and Sister Michelle Howland of Phoenix, AZ, stepsister Jessica McEwen of New Richmond, WI and stepbrother Josh McEwen of Denver, CO and grandchildren Jackson Cornell of Denver, CO, Juno Woodward of Phoenix, AZ and Parker Cornell of Denver, CO, Niece Sheanna Henson (Travis) of Peoria, AZ and Nephew Logan Howland of Wausau, WI many Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and friends.
Jay attended High School in Cameron, Wisconsin where he excelled in athletics and lettered in 3 sports. After high school, Jay went to University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, where he played football. The next step in Jay’s life was to serve for 9 years in the United States Army where he was a personal bodyguard to the Commander of the US Forces in Europe.
Jay left the Army to raise his young family and settled in Arizona. He was hired on as an Engineer for the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad. Jay continued in this role for over 20 years until medical retirement in 2018.
Jay and his wife Cindy made their home in Flagstaff until his medical condition forced a move to Phoenix to be closer for treatment. Jay could most often be found doing something outdoors. He had a passion for spending time on the lake, hunting, fishing, hiking and looking for antler sheds. As much as he loved the outdoors, he also cherished time with his family and especially his Granddaughter Juno. During football season, Saturday was reserved for the Wisconsin Badgers game, and Sunday was for the Arizona Cardinals. He was also known as a wicked poker player.
Jay has been selected to be honored at the Keeping the Faith Head for the Cure 5k run/walk on November 16th at Kiwanis park in Tempe. While we all hoped and prayed Jay would make it to this event, Cindy and Dustin will be accepting this honor on his behalf after the race.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jay’s name to Head for the Cure Foundation to advance brain tumor research www.headforthecure.org. Please make any donation on behalf of the “Woodward Warriors” Team or to the Ivy Brain Tumor Center at Barrow Neurological Institute.
Services will be held on at 11am Thursday, November 7, 2019 at Messinger Mortuary 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd. in Scottsdale, AZ 85255. A grave side service rendering full military honors will immediately follow at the Arizona National Memorial Cemetery at 23029 Cave Creek Rd, Phoenix, AZ 85024.
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