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Virgil R. Woodhams

Monday, February 19, 2007

Dec. 11, 1926 - Feb. 16, 2007

Virgil R. Woodhams, 80, died Friday (Feb. 16, 2007) at Community Hospital in McCook.

He was born Dec. 11, 1926, in Denver, Colo., to George H. and Hazel M. (Lucas) Woodhams. He graduated from Manual High School in Denver in 1944.

He entered the U.S. Navy on Feb. 28, 1945, and served during World War II. He was honorably discharged on July 20, 1946. He reentered on July 18, 1950, and served during the Korean Conflict. He was honorably discharged on Aug. 29, 1951.

He married Ruth M. Kirch on Oct. 4, 1953, in Denver, Colo. They made their home in the Denver area, where he was a programmer for heavy construction for many years. Among some of his contracts was the Apollo Space Mission.

They retired in Forsyth, Mo., before moving to McCook to be closer to family.

He was a member of the Peace Lutheran Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Hazel Woodhams and one sister, Delores Funke.

Survivors include his wife, Ruth of McCook; son, James R. Woodhams and wife, Denise of Murrieta, Calif.; two daughters, Cynthia M. Belanger and husband, Stephen of Marietta, Ga., and Debra L. Swanson and husband, Douglas of Indianola; one brother, David L. Woodhams and wife, Juanema of Grand Junction, Colo., two sisters, Peggy Nolan of LaGrande, Ore., and Jean Pettigrew of South Carolina; and six grandchildren.

Memorial services will be Tuesday, 10:30 a.m., at Peace Lutheran Church in McCook, with the Rev. Brad Rick officiating. A private family inurnment will be at a later date.

Friends may sign his book at Carpenter Breland Funeral Home in McCook today until 5 p.m., or go online at www.carpenterbreland. com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to Shephed of the Lakes Lutheran Church Building Fund of Forsyth, Mo.

Carpenter Breland Funeral Home of McCook is in charge of arrangements.