Mr. Robert W. Woodeshick (“Bob”/“Woody”), age 59, of Smyrna, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE, peacefully left this world on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, after a brief, summertime battle with cancer.

Mr. Robert W. Woodeshick (“Bob”/“Woody”), age 59, of Smyrna, DE, formerly of New Castle, DE, peacefully left this world on Wednesday, August 17, 2011, after a brief, summertime battle with cancer.

Bob was born October 16, 1951, in Ft. Sill, OK. His parents, Henry and Shirley Woodeshick, fostered in Bob a love for thoughtfulness and truth and a spirituality that was to mark all of his thoughts and actions. Bob was a man of few words, but when he did speak, his words were thought-filled and measured and well worth the wait.

Bob spent his younger years with his parents and brothers, Jim, Mark, and Karl, in Askam, PA, and his high school years in Emmaus, PA, where he attended Emmaus High School and lettered in soccer. Bob attended West Chester College seeking a degree in music with a focus on voice, but after a year, he changed his major and eventually earned a degree in biology—delaying his degree only long enough to participate in three years of active duty service as a medic in the US Army at the end of the Vietnam War era. Bob loved the military and shortly after his honorable discharge from the army, he joined the Delaware Air National Guard with which he served proudly for another seventeen years at the 166th Tactical Squadron and Clinic in New Castle, retiring as a master sergeant in 2000.

In 1975, while in the military, Bob married the love of his life, his wife of 36 years, Theresa M. (Reid) Woodeshick. Together they travelled through life, shared ideas, and raised three beautiful, intelligent children.  Nathan, Heather, and Matthew learned understanding, gentleness, and patience from their father who epitomized these traits and who they were fortunate enough to call dad. His grandchildren, Victoria, Lilli, Elizabeth, Emma, Faith, and Logan delighted him beyond measure.

Bob was a spiritual man who loved his children, his family, and his God. Once a member of a barbershop quartet, a member of a junior choir, as well as a casual pianist, Bob decided to add his beautiful, bass vocals to the Saint Peter Catholic Church choir (New Castle).

It was the beautiful, soaring, and amazing voices of the St. Peter choir that drew Bob to the Catholic Church. He joined the choir and in 1995 the church and forever used song to praise and honor God. After moving from New Castle to Smyrna in 2001, Bob and his wife chose to attend services at Immaculate Conception Church in Marydel, MD, where Bob eventually joined the choir as well.

Bob spent the last three years working in a laboratory at Energizer (Playtex) in Dover, DE. Prior to his work at Energizer, he worked for five years for SPI Polyols in New Castle as an analytical chemist, and for fifteen years, he was an associate staff scientist in pharmaceuticals at the DuPont Experimental Station in Wilmington.
In addition to his wife, children, and grandchildren, Bob is survived by his father-in-law, (David) Donald Reid, his step-mother-in-law, Jean Reid, his children’s spouses, David Zeitler and Courtney Woodeshick, his brothers, James  and Mark Woodeshick and their spouses, Sharon and Tammy, several nieces and nephews, and good friends. He will be missed immensely by his family and by those who love him.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 25, 2011, at the Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 N. DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE.  Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2011, at Immaculate Conception Church, 522 Main Street, Marydel, MD, where a second visitation will be held from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.  Interment will follow in Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 92 Read’s Way, Ste. 205, New Castle, DE 19720.

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