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David Woodmancy - July 19, 2013

David Harold Woodmancy was born May 3, 1951, in Holyoke to John “Jack” H. Woodmancy and Elizabeth Jean Hitt. David died and passed from this life on July 19, 2013, in Greeley, after a brief illness of esophageal cancer.

David attended elementary school at Amherst and Holyoke and junior high school in Julesburg. The family then moved to Lakewood. David attended Lakewood High School and worked part time at King Soopers.

In 1970, David enlisted in the Army and was stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, where he earned his GED. He was later stationed in Fort Ord, Calif., where he was a driver for his battalion command officers. David was honorably discharged from the Army in 1973.

On July 29, 1970, David married Sheila Koehler. They had one son, Derek, on April 16, 1971. On May 26, 1973, David married Carole Overton, and they lived in Cortez. They later moved to Paoli, where David worked for Phillips County as the Weed District Sprayer and later took a position at the Phillips County Landfill.

After the death of his father, David moved to Alaska to fulfill his dreams of hunting and fishing in the last great wilderness. David’s life in remote rural Alaska became one of his great loves. He loved the freedom of the vast expanses of the Alaskan territory. He loved to camp, fish and hunt in that tremendously beautiful environment.

Shortly after moving to Alaska, David became employed as a child protective caseworker for the state of Alaska. David worked and advanced in that division for 17 years. In 2003, David was appointed to be a magistrate for the Alaska Court System for the Aniak District Court in Aniak, Alaska. He was later appointed to a judgeship for the Fourth Judicial District in Aniak and was employed there until his death.

David dedicated his life to the protection of abused children, birth to 18 years old. That work became a driving passion for him. David viewed that job as a basic human responsibility and was truly dedicated to the protection and rehabilitation of the children that came into his jurisdiction.

That passion began early in his career with his employment as a child protection caseworker and his gradual promotions to supervisor and his overall appointment as a magistrate. David was a compassionate and valiant champion for children.

David met Virginia “Ginny” Rhodes and married her in February 2003. David lived in Naknek, Valdez and Aniak, Alaska. David’s life changed significantly when he moved to Aniak. There he found a new and renewed spirit.

He had many great friends, such as Thad and Sarah Henry and children Dawson, Dylan and Beth Ann, Steve and Karyn Breckner and children Andy, Troy, Katie and Macy Breckner, Thane and Chasity Weythman and son Ernie, and Josh Russell, a 16-year-old boy that helped David stock wood for the past two years. The witness of these people helped bring David to an understanding of his relationship with Jesus Christ.

David loved his family and friends. In addition to his family and friends, he loved his dogs, Maddie, Cubbie, Millie Hartzel and Jester, and he also loved the great outdoors of Alaska. David was an avid trapshooter and he won two consecutive state championships.

David was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Max Pugh.

David is survived by his wife, Ginny and her two children Jeremy and Dani and their families; son, Derek and his wife and two children, Rebecca and Elijah; aunt and uncle, Jody and Bob Yeager; brother, Lucky Pugh and wife Elaine of Holyoke; sister, Jayne Medrano and husband Bill of Enid, Okla.; nephews, Von Pugh and wife Saundi and their children Ryann and Aidan, and Dana Pugh; and nieces, Renata Elder and fiance Kirt Hjort and son Kyle Elder, and Corina Pugh.

Funeral services were held by Pastor Gary Rahe at Zion Lutheran Church in Holyoke on July 24. Interment followed at the Venango Cemetery in Venango, Neb.