Stephen Wesley Woodward

03/05/1942 — 05/13/2001

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Seattle

Stephen Wesley Woodward

Stephen W. Woodward, 59, a kind, caring, and supportive son, husband, father, teacher, and coach, passed away May 13th, 2001 in his Richland home. A memorial service is Planned for Saturday, May 19th at 1: 30 pm at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland; a celebration of life will follow at the home of Evan Woodward in Richland.

Steve was born on March 5th, 1942 in Seattle, Washington to Everett & Pauline Woodward. He was raised in Snohomish & Burien where he attended Highline High School. He was a member of the Highline gymnastics team, and was an NAlA National Champion AII-Around Runner Up. He graduated from Eastern Washington University with a bachelor's degree in secondary education. He taught Physical Education & Math in Tacoma for a short time, and then moved to Eatonville, Washington were he taught PE and coached for almost 19 years. He began the school wrestling program at Eatonville High School where he made a positive influence on his athletes and students.

Stephen and Michele S. Murphy married on March 29th, 1961. Raised with a strong work ethic, Steve built a log home at Mount Rainier where he, Michele, and family lived for many years at the Southwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. Since moving to the Tri-Cities, Steve's energy has been focused on his garden.

Stephen is survived by his parents Everett & Pauline Woodward, his sister Susan and husband Tom Kenney, his wife Michele, and his three children: Stephanie Gustafson and husband Rick, Evan Woodward and wife Dyan, and Alan Woodward and wife Deanna, and grandchildren: Amelia, Caleb, Grant, Hannah, and Natalie Gustafson & Connor Woodward.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made at Sterling Savings in the name of Stephen Woodward. Funds will be donated to the Yakima River Watershed for river restoration.

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  • We are so sorry to read about Steve as he was such a friend when anyone needed it. We were always impressed by his ability to work so hard, even tho, he was in pain. He has certainly been blessed by such fine parents and an outstaning family. God is good to those kind, you know.

    Love to all the family. Broomells.

    Eileen and Jim Broomell
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • We are so sorry to read about Steve as he was such a friend when anyone needed it. We were always impressed by his ability to work so hard, even tho, he was in pain. He has certainly been blessed by such fine parents and an outstaning family. God is good to those kind, you know.

    Love to all the family. Broomells.

    Eileen and Jim Broomell
    November 4, 2014
    Seattle, WA, US
  • Michele and family,

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. Stephen’s kind inspiring manner and wonderful humor will be greatly missed.

    You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Callie

    Callie Gies
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Michele,

    I was so sorry to read of Stevens passing. My prayers are with you.

    Jean

    Jean Bunch
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • Evan, Dyan & Connor, and family,

    You are all in my prayers during this difficult time. I’m so sorry for your loss.

    Jenny Page
    November 4, 2014
    West, Richland, WA, US
  • I was overwhelmed with sadness, to read of Steve’s untimely death in the newspaper. He was a wonderful person and admired by many. My deepest sympathy is with all of you at this time. I do not have updated addresses for Ev and Polly or Michelle so I do not know where to direct my correspondence or phone calls. Please let me know how to get in touch with you. Steve was blessed to be part of a family such as yours, and all of you were equally blessed to have Steve as Father, Husband, and Son. With thoughts of sympathy and love,

    Carol

    Carol Shell
    November 4, 2014
    Federal, Way, WA, US
  • Again, my deepest sympathies are with you, Michele, and all of the family. Steve devoted so much energy, dedication and love to everything he did. He will be sorely missed by all!

    Love to all.

    Paul C.

    Paul Casperson
    November 4, 2014
    DesMoines, WA, US
  • Dear Ev,Polly,Michele,and family,

    Betty and I were so sorry to hear aoubt Steve’s death. Life is such a precious gift and yet it now seems so fragile. I guess it is only through death that we, who are still on the journey, can understand and appreciate what an incredible gift life is to all of us.

    Betty and I are so thankful that we have had a chance to know Steve and the entire Woodward family. Please know that our prayers are with you and we will see you again.

    Love, Tom and Betty Hill

    Tom and Betty Hill
    November 4, 2014
    Olympia, WA, US