Larry Dale Woodman

Larry Dale Woodman
Larry Dale Woodman

Larry Dale Woodman, son of Dale H. Woodman and Marjorie (Scofield) Woodman was born January 8, 1947 at Belleville, Kansas and passed away on July 31, 2022 at his home in rural Belleville, Kansas at the age of 75.  To many who knew him, he was known simply as Woody.

Larry attended Belleville Public Schools and graduated from Beloit Vo Tech in Diesel Mechanics in May of 1967. He went to work for Martin Tractor Company in Topeka, KS in June of 1967. He was called to the US Army in October of 1967, and attended basic training in Fort Campbell, KY. He then went to Radio Operator School and graduated number one in his class and was selected to attend Radio Repair School. In June of 1968, he was sent to Vietnam and returned home in August of 1968, where he continued his employment with Martin Tractor until his retirement in 2003. He worked for Martin Tractor for 36 years, first in diesel mechanics in Topeka, KS and then in Concordia, KS in parts sales.  After retirement, he worked part time for the Belleville Police Department and Republic County Sheriff's Department from 2004-2021.

Larry was a member of the American Legion, KS-NE ham radio club, was a storm spotter and a member of the local emergency planning committee. He served on the Belleville Wesleyan Church board and sang on the worship team.   

Larry was a jack of all trades; he could fix anything.  He was a ham radio operator and knew morse code.  He rebuilt cars, loved woodworking projects, and even had his private pilot's license for a time.  He loved jeeping in the Colorado mountains with his family and Martin Tractor friends.  Larry also loved to hunt and fish.  Larry and Mabel shared many adventures traveling; trekking across the country to track meets and their most memorable was to Germany in 1994, when Lonnie was a color guard in a parade in Normandy celebrating the 50th anniversary of D Day. They also served on 12 mission trips to Alaska where they made lifelong friends. Larry and Mabel also enjoyed riding their motorcycle around the country. Larry loved playing the guitar and singing.

Larry was united in marriage to Mabel Vieselmeyer on June 20, 1970 and to this union two children were born, Lonnie and Marlea.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Dale and Marjorie (Scofield) Woodman, grandparents, Elton and Hazel (White) Scofield, nephew Danial Vieselmeyer.

He survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Mabel Woodman of rural Belleville, KS, one son, Lonnie L. Woodman of Salt Lake City, UT, one daughter, Marlea (John) James of rural Belleville, KS, three grandchildren, Dynah Woodman, David Deters, Deborah Deters, two great grandchildren,  one brother, Marlin and (Diane) Woodman of Belleville, KS, one sister, Judy (Al) Uphoff of Belleville, KS, brother in law Charles Vieselmeyer (Marge) of Chester, Nebraska, nieces and nephews, other relatives and many, many friends.  

Funeral services will be held Ten Thirty AM, Friday, August 5, 2022, Belleville Wesleyan Church, Belleville, KS, conducted by, Pastor Mark McGregor.

Interment will be in Grace Hill Cemetery, rural Belleville, KS.

Military Graveside Services by the United States Army Honor Guard.

Memorials may be given to the Larry D. Woodman memorial fund.

Friends may call on Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 1 PM to 8 PM at Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS, where the family will receive friends from 6 PM to 8 PM.

Online condolences and information at www.bachelor-surber.com

Bachelor-Surber Funeral Home, Belleville, KS in charge of arrangements.