Woody, as he was known to everyone, died on January 16, 2021 at 78. Woody did not want a service and will be cremated.
Woody was born August 13, 1942 in Kansas City, Kansas to John F. And D. Pauline Colvin. Woody was older brother to Richard L. and John E. Colvin. He graduated from Washington High School in 1960. After a short time working in the pharmacy at Bethany Hospital, he entered the US Navy, serving 7 years active duty and 23 years in the Navy Reserves, attaining the rank of Master Chief Hospital Corpsman. He served two tours in Vietnam, one on the USS Ranger and one with the Marines, earning a Bronze Star and a Silver Star.
He met his wife, Lee Alyce Haviland, prior to his tour with the Marines; they were married in Tokyo on May 17, 1968 on his R&R. They had two children, Stephen S. and Ashlee P. Colvin-Cole. They have one granddaughter, LeeAnn M. Cole.
Woody worked for the Union Pacific RR as a Special Agent, and Harris Optical as an optician. Woody and his young family moved to Phoenix, AZ in 1976. He worked for AZ Department of Public Safety and after going to U of A, became a paramedic and taught emergency medicine to members of DPS and police officers all over Arizona. Later he worked at Reynold’s Metals, and Direct Safety Catalogue prior to moving to Roswell, NM as Safety Director at Transportation Manufacturing Company for 6 years. The family moved back to Prairie Village in 1994. He worked for Blue Valley School District until his retirement in 2004.
Woody is survived by his mother, D. Pauline Colvin, wife, Lee of 52 years, son, Stephen, daughter Ashlee, granddaughter LeeAnn Cole, and brother Richard L. He is preceded in death by his father, John F. Colvin and his brother, John E. Colvin.
Woody spent his retirement years as a Mason and Shriner (Abdallah) until his health prevented his active participation. Memorials can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital or charity of your choice.
Woody will be missed by us as a loved husband, father and grandfather and a friend to everyone. He is also missed by his loyal pets, Daisy and Mila.