Woodrow W. “Woody” Cannon, 94, died Monday (May 27, 2013) at Asbury Park in Newton, KS. He was born October 27, 1918 in rural Rosalia to Charles A. and Louise (Erickson) Cannon. He married V. Maxine Cannon on Feb 2, 1941. She preceded him in death on March 2, 2012.
Woody served his country during WWII, entering service in 1941 and serving until 1945. He was discharged with the rank of Sergeant. He served with General Patton’s 3rd army during the liberation of France and other European countries. He had fought his way to the Elbe River in Germany when the war ended. Woody was a life member of the VFW Post #971, Newton, and life member of the American Legion Post #2, Newton. He was also a life member of the 35th Infantry Division Association, Topeka, Kansas where he served as coordinator for Company I 137th Infantry Regiment. He received a Thank You Diploma from the French Government for his efforts in liberating France 1944-1945 and a Liberation medal from the people of Normandy, France.
Woodrow was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Newton and was formerly active in many areas of the church including the Administrative Board, Church Trustees Chairman, Church Treasurer, endowments, and did the annual audit for several years. In his retirement he was a member of the Church Archives/History committee.
He studied Certified Public Accounting, and was accountant treasurer with Hanna Furniture and Floor Covering in Newton from 1945 to 1987. In El Dorado he was employed by Walter’s Flowers while attending El Dorado High School. He attended Long School District #171 a one room school in rural Rosalia for his grade school years.
Woody enjoyed many things, including visiting with neighbors and friends, working in the yard and garden, drawing and painting, and wood carving. He also played the violin and guitar. Woodrow also used a short wave radio for world news and history from its source. He used a computer and the internet to keep contact with his friends and family through e-mail.
He is survived by his daughter: Janice M. and Tony Decker of Wichita; son Larry W. and Glenva Cannon of Hutchinson; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; one son The Reverend Charles Cannon; two sisters, Lena Brenner and Frances Cannon and one brother Ole Cannon. He is also preceded in death by one great-grandson Aaron Decker.
Funeral service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday May 31, 2013 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Jay Anderson presiding. Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday with the family receiving friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Burial will be in the Kechi Township Cemetery, Kechi, Kansas
Memorials are suggested to The First United Methodist Church 801 N. Main Newton, KS 67114 or Caring Hands Humane Society 1400 S.E. 3rd Newton, KS 67114.