John Franklin Woodward Jr. passed away peacefully Nov. 10, 2018. He was born in Bluffton on Jan. 2, 1943 to Frank and Beatrice Woodward. He is survived by his daughter, Nicole Coreen (Steve Jr.) Kalck of Noblesville; three grandchildren, Brayden Hipp, Kyle Hipp and McKayla Kalck; sister, Rosemarie (Bill) Milholland of Ossian; numerous nieces and nephews; devoted friend, Natalie; as well as many dear friends and other family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Bea, and sister, Sally Dettmer.
He grew up in Tocsin, where his father owned a local lumber business and grain elevator. This is where he honed his interest in the grain industry. Upon graduation from Purdue University with a degree in business, his career began at Central Soya in Decatur. He transferred to Minneapolis, then moved to Chicago, where he eventually became a member of the Chicago Board of Trade. John was also a member of ROTC. John was active in local churches and was finance director at Baker Memorial Methodist Church in Saint Charles, Ill. John enjoyed numerous sports activities, including water skiing, snow skiing and most of all, fishing. Whether it be a pond in a middle of a corn field, fishing with daughter Nicole at a friend’s back yard or fishing in the Canadian wilderness with his buddies from the bowling group, he was also excited to catch “the big one.” John also enjoyed tinkering with cars. If you didn’t know where he was, you could always find him working on a car in the garage. John was loved by many due to his kind and gentle spirit. He loved the Lord and enjoyed participating in various Bible study groups.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 24, at 11 a.m. at Harry W. Moore Chapel, Indiana Funeral Care, 8151 Allisonville Road, Indianapolis, IN. He will be interred in a private ceremony at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Ossian.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in memory of John F. Woodward Jr. to Northview Church, https://preview.northviewchurch.us/memorial
All gifts given in memory of John will be used to support the work of the International Justice Mission. The IJM is a mission outreach to fight child slavery in Africa.