Daniel Edwin Woodman Jr.

02/28/2012 3:33 PM |

Daniel Edwin Woodman Jr.

Former Aquebogue resident Daniel Edwin Woodman Jr. died Feb. 26 at his home in Cypress, Texas. He was 89.

He was born June 7, 1922, in Trenton, N.J., to Mae (Reilly) and Daniel E. Woodman Sr. He attended Ohio State University and left to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He was selected to attend naval pilot training as a flying sergeant and was commissioned as an ensign in the U.S. Navy. His wartime tours included both the Atlantic and Pacific, where he was shot down and captured by the Japanese during the attack on Manila Bay.

Following the war he worked briefly as a pilot for Eastern Airlines, but his desire was to be in the military, according to family members, so he joined the U.S. Air Force and was a pilot until he retired in 1960.

He married Elizabeth Turner in Westfield, Maine, on March 1, 1954.

After leaving the military, Mr. Woodman lived in Aquebogue for 23 years, working along with his wife as a teacher at Riverhead High School until they retired. They then moved to Franklinville, N.Y., for 23 years and made their final move to Cypress in 2011.

Family members said he had a terrific sense of humor, enjoyed his daily bike ride (weather permitting) and working in the yard with his little dog, Andie, and always had a smile and a story for anyone who walked by.

Mr. Woodman is survived by his wife of 58 years; his children, Michael, Patrick, Kelly Wolff and Kevin; his brother, Robert; his sisters, Nancy Grayson and Jane Schrum; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Interment will take place in Westfield, Maine, at a later date.