OBITUARY

Michael "Mike" Woodard

August 11, 1945January 1, 2021

Edward Michael “Mike” Woodard, 75, of Wheat Ridge, CO, passed away peacefully on January 1, 2021, in the presence of his loving wife and son. A previously strong and healthy man, Mike fought the battle of his life, but his body succumbed to the secondary complications of COVID-19. However, his life will always be remembered as one that was well lived and well loved.

In his 75 years, Mike lived an extraordinary life of faith and service. He was born on August 11, 1945, in Denver, CO, the son of Edward and Dorothy Woodard and grew up understanding the value of hard work and sacrifice. He graduated from Lakewood High School and went on to attend the University of Colorado in Boulder and San Diego State University. He was drafted during the Vietnam War and completed his formal education through the military in Avionics Technology. Mike was a proud member of the United States Marine Corp from 1969 – 1972 and received much recognition, including the National Defense Service Medal, Letter of Commendation Vietnam, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross and the Rifle Marksman Badge. Mike was a proud Marine, living by the motto Semper Fi (Always Faithful), and his four years of service were character-building and foundational for a life of honor and integrity. Mike always said the Marines saved his life.

Mike had a long career spanning over forty years in the office equipment//technology industry. He began as a service technician for Xerox and through dedication and hard work moved into service management, eventually joining Automated Business Systems in Portland, Oregon as the Vice President of Service. He would later transfer to Alco Office Products/Ikon Office Solutions, where he worked in many roles and locations including VP of Field Service in the Western and Rocky Mountain Regions, and ultimately joined the national leadership team for Ikon as the VP of Field Service in North America. Mike retired from Ikon Office Solutions, but continued consultant work with Copier/MFP dealers nationwide. He then took a consulting position with Oasys, Inc in Washington and completed his career in 2016 as VP of Service at Knight Office Solutions, Inc in San Antonio, TX. During his long tenure in the office equipment business, Mike was an admired and respected colleague, supervisor and friend. He was esteemed not only for his expertise, but also his wisdom, knowledge, effectiveness, thoughtfulness, willingness to assist anyone seeking improvement, and most of all his humility. Friend to all, foe to none.

Since reconnecting in 2010, Mike and Mary have had an enviable storybook love. They were high school sweethearts, who dated for three years, and despite spending 45 years apart, they described the past eleven years as the most fulfilling years of their lives. Mike’s promise to bring her fresh flowers every week for the rest of their lives was fulfilled without fail. Mary feels blessed to have received so much love from the “love of her life” and even more blessed because Mike always made a point to tell her he felt the same way.

It was after he retired that Mike began spending his free time doing the things he enjoyed most. Mike was passionate about restoring and reupholstering hot-rods and was a proud member of the Ford Model A Club. Mike was also skilled in home renovations, including tile and metal work, bathroom and kitchen remodels, woodworking and laying floors. He was intuitive and creative, affording him the ability to build or repair whatever he was asked, even if it were something he had never done. Most recently, Mike and his grandson, Cedar, completely remodeled a cabin in Gunnison, CO, and Mike was thrilled with the opportunity to mentor and teach his grandson new skills. He was known for his meticulous and professional work; creating and leaving behind many memories in his impeccable craftsmanship. An avid fly fisherman, Mike spent countless days on the river with a fly rod in hand. He also loved to camp, especially with his grandsons, Pace, Parker and Alister. He had a sense of adventure that led to many travels, including a two-month trailer trip to Alaska with Mary in 2016. He visited almost all 50 states, in addition to Europe, Australia and Russia and has lived in CA, AK, OR, CO, PA, TX and WA. He moved from TX back to CO in 2016 to be closer to his son, family and the large circle of friends he and Mary have established over the years.

Mike was a fun-loving man, who had a great sense of humor and enjoyed making people laugh. He promised Mary he would make her laugh at least once every day and he kept that promise. Those closest to Mike knew of his love for chocolate and that he thought it was one of the main food groups. He firmly believed a piece of chocolate should be eaten after lunch and dinner, and breakfast too, if we’re being honest!

Mike will be affectionately remembered as a gentle and loving man with a magnetic personality. He was adored by everyone he met and had the unique ability to make a connection with both strangers and friends. Though he lived an upstanding and honorable life, over the past year Mike had a renewed sense of faith in God and was recently baptized. Always a pillar of strength, he was a man who was open to share his wisdom, love and compassion with everyone who needed help or desired to learn. His legacy will live on in those who had the privilege of knowing him.

Mike was a proud husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle and will be deeply missed. He is survived by his wife, Mary Dutcher Madsen Woodard, of Wheat Ridge, CO; his children, Nicole Woodard Humphries of West Chester, PA, Jeffrey Judson Woodard (Shannon) of Golden, CO and former son-in-law, Scott Humphries of Downingtown, PA; his stepsons, Matthew Thomas Madsen (Sheree) of Adelaide, South Australia, and Zachary Adam Madsen (Katie) of Dallas, TX; grandchildren, Jack and Jesse Humphries, and Alister Woodard; step-grandchildren, Maya and Cedar Madsen, and Pace and Parker Madsen; nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews and many friends across the globe. He is preceded in death by his parents Edward Dean and Geraldine Dorothy Woodard; as well as his brother, Judson Woodard, and sisters, Judy Woodard and Denise Woodard Thompson. In honor of their adopted grandson and all women who choose life for their unborn, the family requests donations be made to: Hope House of Colorado, 6475 Benton St., Arvada, CO 80003 www.hopehousecolorado.org/donate-now/ and Adoption Choices of Colorado, 2801 Youngfield St. #320, Golden, CO 80401, www.adoptionchoices.org.

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Allen Grenz

January 16, 2021

Thank you, Mike.
Thank you for being a mentor, a leader, a Marine, a father figure and a friend.
I consider myself fortunate you chose to give me little company a chance, uprooted your new life in Texas with Mary and move to Washington. I had only met you a few times before, but you left such an impression on me that when I had the idea of hiring someone that could make a big impact on my company, you came to mind.
Thank you for introducing me to vanilla ice cream and aged balsamic vinegar. What a treat!
Thank you for leaving a lasting impression on my life.
The world was better with you in it.
I will miss you.

Ileana Gross

January 16, 2021

I miss seeing him out there. He was always working outside, or in his “shop” aka garage. He would show us what he was working on and the things he did with his cars, or the others were very impressive. He spent some time getting ready a car for a wedding and when it was done it was, Wow!
He always took Martha, Mabel and Myrtle for rides and he had them working and looking great! We’ll miss seeing him taking them for rides 😢😢

Mike and Benita Vasiloff

January 16, 2021

Mike clearly had a unique talent for recognizing hidden potential, whether in old cars or overlooked people. When we moved to San Antonio and ended up in Mike and Mary's backyard (almost literally), we were treated like his owns kids - maybe even better! Mike helped us with small jobs around the house, whether by lending tools, time, or teaching us the "how-to" of repair.

Moreover, we were welcome in his garage time and again where we, like his car, received restorative care. Not that Mike did anything but truly listen and respond in just the way we needed. Yes, it would seem that Mike considered the personal cost of investing in others worthy of his time and effort. In this way, he lived out a rare value, a living example of the verse in Philippians 1:3-4
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests, but each of you to the interests of the others."

From the short time we spent with his family in Colorado, we are certain that his "servant-leader" attitude lives on, which is encouraging beyond belief. We only hope to also reflect this type of selflessness in our lives too! Our greatest regret is that we didn't take more advantage of all that Mike had to offer. Thanks for including us in this celebration of Mike's life, and for allowing us the chance to say Goodbye for now.

Mike and Benita

Kimm Roberts

January 15, 2021

Mike was a great man! I have many wonderful memories of him at the river! He was an incredible story teller and kept us laughing most of the time. My condolences are with his family. He will be very missed .

Byrnes Family

January 15, 2021

Uncle Mike and Mary in Perth Western Australia radiating the LOVE!
Lots and Lots of Love
Michelle, James, Michael & Jenni Byrnes xxxx

Byrnes Family

January 15, 2021

Uncle Mike and Mary also visited and stayed with me and my family in Perth, Western Australia in 2011. Boy was that a blast! Uncle Mike walked around FIXING anything that needed Love and Attention and constantly reflected to us what renovations he could do in a flash! He was constantly radiating the Gift of Giving of Himself! We were able to enjoy the splendours of Perth together including Uncle Mike and James flying us to Rottnest and several visits to Kings Park! During Uncle Mike and Mary’s stay with us my husband James, son Michael and daughter Jenni fell in love with their love for life, love for each other, life wisdom, and wicked wicked sense of fun and humour! We still often play FARKEL, reminisce and belly laugh. Our experience is clearly and authentically the same experience that many others have shared and reflected about your wisdom, knowledge, compassion, thoughtfulness, kindness, and deep expression of love for your passions and to your loved ones. You will be greatly missed but your essence and spirit will live on through your loved ones.
Lots of Love Michelle, James, Michael & Jenni Byrnes xxxx
P.S. Uncle Mike is in right hand seat helping James fly the plane - woo hoo and Mary and I are holding on tight for the adventure!

Michelle Byrnes

January 15, 2021

I vividly remember my most recent visit to San Antonio TX when I stayed with Uncle Mike and Mary and the adventures and cahoots that we got up to with Uncle Mike revving us up to get up to mischief. My tummy was so sore from the laughter and mayhem and the pure enjoyment of life that Uncle Mike and Mary radiated. There were Lots and Lots of Love and Bloody Mary drinks! Uncle Mike challenged Mary and I to embrace Traffic Controller Therapy adventures! Lots of Thanksgiving celebrations and home-cooking US style! Lots of being driven around in Uncle Mike’s numerous glorious cars! Lots and Lots of talking about what is important in our lives - valued living and LOVE. LOTS of LOVE!!

Michelle Byrnes

January 15, 2021

Dear Uncle Mike, I am devastated at the sudden loss of such a gentle, compassionate, wise, nurturing gentleman. My love, heart, compassion, and nurturing embrace goes to his beautiful wife Mary and his vast family, friends and loved ones. The world is richer for his presence. Uncle Mike has left a significant and long-lasting impact on my life and the life of my dear Mom, Dennise Thompson, who was Uncle Mike’s older sister. We lost my Mom (Uncle Mike’s sister) on January 1st 2020 and exactly one year later we have lost dear Uncle Mike from this precious world. Just one year ago Uncle Mike was providing me with the compassionate support I needed after the loss of Mom through a long-distance phone call and I could truly feel his warmth and embrace through the phone.
I had the privilege of visiting My Uncle Mike twice in my life in USA and both times Uncle Mike radiated all 5 languages of LOVE. During what were difficult adventurous times in my life when I was attending conferences in the US and feeling vulnerable and lacking in confidence, Uncle Mike ALWAYS provided me with deeply compassionate words of support and affirmation that helped me to believe that anything was possible. Uncle Mike provided me with the nurturing hugs and space that helped me to feel safe. When I visited, Uncle Mike provided me with his undivided attention and took me on adventurous trips of discovery of new experiences and novel lifelong keep sakes. Most significantly Uncle Mike radiated acts of service towards others. Uncle Mike helped to heal my Mom’s heart on numerous occasions with the most notable occasion being the exhumation, cremation, and delivery of my deceased sister (Deanna Lynne) to the heart and arms of her Mom. Uncle Mike knew how to make the impossible possible and bring deep nurturing, healing love to others. I remember Uncle Mike just smiling at me and saying - “Well Honey, It’s just what I do!” Lots of Love Michelle Byrnes

Peters and Deidel Family

January 14, 2021

Our hearts are with you Aunt Mary, Mike was an amazing man! It was so special that Cedar had the opportunity to spend some quality time with you guys this summer and learn from a master craftsman like Mike! Mike introduced him to skills that he can take with him the rest of his life on his new found career path, something that will never be forgotten. We will miss him!

Peters and Deidel Family

Tracey and jerry Thompson

January 14, 2021

Sending all our love and thoughts to u all ! Rip uncle mike. You were a true gentleman! I’m glad u met the love of your life aunt Mary xx Jerry and Tracey xx