Harley G. Woodward, age 87 of Milbank, South Dakota went to be with his Lord and Savior on September 7, 2016. A funeral service will be held Friday, September 16th at 11:00 a.m. at Valley Baptist Church in Milbank, SD with a visitation starting one hour prior to the service.
Harley Glen Woodward was born July 9, 1929 in Minneapolis, Minnesota to Ralph and Evelyn Woodward. He graduated from high school in Wayzata, MN. Harley served in the United States Army in Colorado Springs, CO.
Harley owned and operated a small chain of convenience and wholesale grocery stores and later worked as a supervisor/manager for several distribution centers including Boutells, Wick’s Furniture, Murphy Motor Freight and Farwell, Ozmun and Kirk, Co..
Harley married his first wife Irene Larson and they had three children. In 1972, Harley married Carole Berge Haag. She brought six children into the marriage and together they raised nine children. They lived in Minnetonka Beach, MN where Harley was the “go to” man to fix nearly anything for his kids and his neighbors.
In 1982, Harley’s job transfer with Farwell, Ozmun and Kirk Co., brought the family to Milbank, South Dakota where Harley has resided since. He also worked as the CFO at St. Bernard’s Hospital. Harley and Carole were best known for owning and operating Reflections in Time antique store and furniture restoration.
Harley’s family and his faith were very important parts of his life. While living in Milbank, the family attended the American Lutheran Church and the Valley Baptist Church.
Over the years, Harley enjoyed working on his cars and boat, restoring antiques, and working on a project of any kind.
Harley is survived by seven children: Brad (Donna) Haag of Milbank, SD; Donald (Maria) Woodward of Spring, TX; Kathy (Jerry) Zachman of Glenwood, IA; Paul (Debbie) Woodward of Plymouth, MN; Sandy Woodward (Dwyer) of Mpls, MN; Jim (Kirsten) Haag of Minnetonka Beach, MN; Val (Ron) Waletich of Milbank, SD; 20 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Harley is preceded in death by his first wife Irene Woodward, his second wife Carole Woodward, daughter Suzanne Woodward, daughter Pamela Haag, parents Ralph and Evelyn Woodward and grandson Matthew Zachman.
The family would like to extend its heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Golden Living Center and St. Williams Nursing Home for providing Harley with wonderful loving care these past three years.