In the early morning hours of June 3, 2023 David B. “Woody” Warnock, my brother, earned his flight wings and soared into eternity. Woody was born in February of 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri.
He was the firstborn to Robert “Bob” Warnock and Johanna “Jody” (Ormsbee) Warnock. He
became the big brother to three brothers who all passed through Heaven’s gates as infants, and one sister, who survives him. Woody loved things that “looked cool” and anything that went fast! In his younger years, he had an Indian Motorcycle which he gave his sister a few thrilling rides on! He also had a little yellow Corvette hardtop convertible…man that thing could fly!
Woody was a Surfer in his teen years and loved being in the “curl.” Many times he would be off and away with his buddies with surfboards sticking out of the vehicle, with The Beach Boys music blaring!
Woody enlisted in the Air Force and had many adventures while enlisted, which is where he gained the nickname of “Woody.” He was honorably discharged in 1971. He had hoped to fly a jet, or be a jet mechanic but the Air Force had other plans for his talents. My brother was very patriotic and loved and appreciated our country and servicemen and women.
Woody wore many hats during his lifetime in the workforce, but he talked most fondly about the employment of a Geological Surveyor. He loved being flown by helicopter, to be lowered down on a mountain top to do his work. One time he told of a story where the chopper couldn’t return to pick him up due to high winds and he had to stay overnight with no supplies!
Woody drove semis for a large portion of his working life. Woody and Lois were together seeing the country through the semi’s windshield for a time. Woody gave himself and Lois CB handles of “Ten Gallon” and “Half Pint” respectively. Later, Woody followed in the footsteps of our dad by hauling bread, pastries, and cookies to distribution centers in Idaho, Nevada, and Oregon.
Woody loved his family. He has one biological daughter, Christy from a previous marriage. He became a stepdad to two daughters, Lisa and Stacey through his 37-year marriage to his loving wife, Lois. He also became a step-grandpa to five grandchildren. He also had many nieces and nephews. The most significant family dedication he gave was to the care of our mother in her final years on this earth. He sacrificed, along with his wife, many, many, plans and dreams.
Woody beat cancer more than once; he was a fighter! He was so proud of owning a Harley Davidson motorcycle, however, his health didn’t allow him to enjoy it.
Woody is survived by his wife, Lois; sister, Roy (Ed); daughters, Christy, Lisa (John), and Stacey (Jeffrey); five grandchildren; and numerous extended family of nieces, nephews, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law; and many friends.
Woody was preceded in death by both parents; three infant brothers; son-in-law; all grandparents; and many uncles and aunts, and a nephew.
If Heaven has Harleys, I am certain my brother passed over to the other side, fired up that baby, and thundered off to enjoy peaceful and unhurried adventures, probably giving our brothers rides!! You’re free now my hero brother, you will be loved and missed forever. Godspeed...
Following Woody’s wishes, there will be no formal services. Perhaps at a later date a gathering of family and friends may be held to share stories and memories.
Thank you, Farmer Funeral Chapel, for the respectful care of Woody.
Memories and condolences may be shared with the family on Woody’s memorial webpage at www.farmerfuneralchapel.com.