John William Woodrick was born on January 26, 1945, the youngest of four children of the late Irma I. and Carl W. Woodrick. John is survived by his brother Lawrence (Joan); the mother of his children, Toshiko Yamanaka Woodrick; his two sons, Brian (Sarah) Woodrick and Trent (Colleen) Woodrick; his cherished grandchildren Kendra, Aiden, Austen, Dylan, Jillian, and Sophie; as well as, many cousins, nieces, and nephews. John was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Robert C. Woodrick and his sister, Shirley LeVesconte.
After graduating from Mt. Lebanon High School in Pittsburgh, PA, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a nuclear technician aboard the USS Enterprise and completed several tours during the Vietnam War. After leaving the Navy, he graduated from Roosevelt University in Chicago and went on to have a successful career outside the military.
Affectionately called "Papa John" by many, he always loved to joke, tell stories, entertain, and just generally make people happy. He had a big heart and his wish was to have a positive impact on the lives of everyone around him. John has touched the lives of countless people and will be remembered fondly by many.
A Celebration of John's Life will be held November 15th at Bristol's, Creve Coeur from 4pm to 7pm. Interment will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in John's memory may be made to the Siteman Cancer Center, MD Anderson Cancer Center, or other charitable organization.