Gary Woodward was born in Leavenworth, Kansas. He married his first wife- Ruth, March 29, 1953, at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Atchison, Kansas. She was born in Atchison, Kansas and died February 15, 1998 at the Colonial Manor Nursing Home in Lansing, Kansas. They had six children: (1) John; (2) Mike; (3) Susan; (4) Dave; (5) Mary; and (6) Josh. John married Julie and had two daughters- Meta and Jill. Mike married Kathryn/"Kathy and had two children- Kristen and Michael. Susan married Gary Sinclair and had two daughters- Miranda/"Mandy" and Melissa/"Missy", and a son- Chris. Dave married (1st) Kimberly/"Kim" Blunt, divorced; and (2nd) Catherine/"Cathy", divorced, and had two sons- Lance and Caleb. Josh married Gillette and had two sons- Matt and Zac.