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Woodrow W. “Woody” Cannon

May 27, 2013

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.

Read more: http://www.thekansan.com/article/20130530/NEWS/130539990/1031/OBITUARIES#ixzz2VoyARiXS

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