Ernest Ray Woodward died peacefully in Lehi, UT on Sunday September 20, 2020 at the age of 94. Ray was born on April 22, 1926 in Baker, Oregon to his parents Ernest Baugh Woodward and Sara Maughan Haslam. His sister Dee Ann Woodward joined the family on January 1, 1931. Ray grew up in Baker, Oregon and later graduated from Baker High school in 1944. He attended junior college at Eastern Oregon College in La Grande, Oregon later transferring to Oregon State college where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry in June of 1949.
In October 1950 Ray was drafted into the Army for the Korean War and he served for 2 years. While on leave, Ray and his fiancée Nancy Lee Lamb were married on July 25, 1951 in Idaho Falls. In 1952 Ray and Nancy moved to Seattle, WA for work and while there, they had six children: Douglas, Sally, Richard, John, Mary, and Julia. Ray worked as a chemist for the National Bureau of Standards in 1952 and in 1956 took a job with American Marietta as a paper resin chemist. This company later became Pacific Resins & Chemicals and in 1981 merged with Georgia Pacific. Chemistry was always interesting and exciting for him and he loved the pulp and paper industry. He retired in 1993 but continued consulting for Georgia Pacific until 2003.
Ray and Nancy served a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 2004 in Omaha, NE. They served for 12 months and loved this experience. Throughout his life, Ray served in various church capacities as a teacher, temple worker, group leader, and Bishop. He and Nancy loved singing together and did so often for many years. Ray always enjoyed crossword puzzles, gardening, music, woodworking, singing, sports, repairing things, reading, learning, teaching, and spending time with family.
Ray was preceded in death by his father Ernest Baugh Woodward on August 31, 1980 - his mother Sara Maughan Haslam on November 24, 1991 - his sister Dee Ann Woodward Smutz-Meyer on November 21, 2011. Ray is survived by his wife Nancy and their six children: Doug (Gail), Sally (Gary), Rich (Chris), John (Teah), Mary (Jim), Julia (Bondy), 23 grand children, and 34 great-grand children. A funeral service will be held on Friday October 2, 2020 in Provo, UT at Nelson Family Mortuary.
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