Reverend Larry Allen Woodward, 81, Gardner, Kansas was promoted to glory, Saturday, December 21, 2019 at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kansas. Graveside Service with Air Force Military Honors were held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, December 31, 2019 at Leavenworth National Cemetery, Leavenworth, Kansas.
Larry was born on August 23, 1938 in Russellville, Arkansas to Clarence S. and Florence (Reed) Woodward. He grew up in Russellville and graduated from high school in 1956.
After his graduation Larry joined the Air Force for four years. He married Lois E. Johnson on June 21, 1958 at Richard-Gebaur AFB in Grandview, Missouri. He attended Moody Bible Institute for three years and became an ordained minister.
Larry and Lois served as missionaries in Japan with The Overseas Christian Servicemen Center. Later, Larry attended Calvary Bible College to complete his Bachelor of Science Degree in Biblical Theology in 1970. While living in Florida, he earned a Masters Degree in Math Education at Nova University, which he used teaching math for 13 years in the St. Lucie county schools.
Upon retirement from teaching, he became the U.S. Director of the Gospel Mission of South America. Larry pastored several churches through the years in Kansas and Florida. When his health declined, he and Lois moved to Gardner, Kansas to be near family and became members of Ascend Church in Olathe, Kansas.
Larry loved his family and his country, but most of all, he loved his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom he served for over 60 years. His favorite Bible verse was II Corinthians 5:15, “And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.”
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and infant sister. He is survived by his wife Lois; daughters Kimberly Ann Woodward and Karla B. January – February 2020 Founded in 1923 by William Strong Sr. Helen A. Prado (Danny) Scherdin; grandson Seth Scherdin, all of Gardner, Kansas; and brother Conrad Woodward, of Russellville, Arkansas.
Editor’s note: I fondly remember Larry who, along with Lois, offered such friendly hospitality on the few occasions I saw them at the mission headquarters in Fort Lauderdale. He is missed. May more young men be raised up who share his 2 Cor. 5:15 passion. –Matt Postiff