In Memory of A1C Joshua E. Woody
October 6, 1975 - June 25, 1996
web page is dedicated as a Memorial to the memory of Airman 1st Class
Joshua Edward Woody who lost his life in the Khobar Towers Bombing and
contains memories and photos of the good times we shared with Josh, as
friends and family.
Joshua Edward Woody was born October 6, 1975 in San Jose, CA. He attended school through the seventh grade in Los Gatos. During 1989 Josh moved to Corning where he entered Maywood Junior High School. He graduated with the Maywood Class of 1990 and the Corning Union High School Class of 1994.
At CUHS Josh lettered in wrestling and
football as well as academics. Josh played football all four years at
Corning High School. He was all-league his junior and senior years, a
second-team all Northern Section defensive tackle as a senior in 1994.
Josh was the varsity football team co-captain his senior year. Following
graduation he played in the Lions All-Star North-South football game.
Wearing jersey number 88 Josh, “Woody”, earned a reputation for
being an outstanding team player and leader. Josh was selected to the
All-League team his junior and senior years. Many believe his best
performance was during the Fall 1993 Corning vs. Foothill game that
earned him a position on the Lions All-Star North team.
Early in practice for the Lions All Star Football Game a north
team player, number 54, was injured and would not be able to play in the
game. The north team was in desperate need of a running back but a
running back could not wear the number 54.
Josh volunteered to give up his number, the
number 88 he wore at Corning, and took the number 54 so that his former
Corning Cardinal teammate, Earl Murr, could join the team. Earl went on
to be selected the MVP of the game in a 44 to 14 north victory.
Josh had 4 solo tackles, 4 assists and 1 1/2 Quarter Back sacks in the game.
Josh worked for his stepfather
during his sophomore and junior school years when he wasn’t playing
football or wrestling as an electrician’s helper. During his junior
year he started working at the local McDonalds Restaurant where he
rapidly advanced to the job of Maintenance Manager for three McDonalds
stores prior to his graduation from high school in June of 1994.
Josh enlisted in the United States Air Force March 8, 1995, taking basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and advanced training at Sheppard Air Force Base. On completion of basic and advanced individual training the Air Force assigned him to the 58th Fighter Squadron, 33rd Fighter Wing, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
Josh married Dawn Marie Riniker of Pryor, Oklahoma on February 21, 1996.
They established their home in Fort Walton Beach, Florida near his duty
station at Eglin Air Force Base.
Survivors include his wife, Dawn Woody of Fort Walton Beach, FL; mother and stepfather, Bernadine and George Beekman of Kennesaw, GA; father and stepmother, John and Carol Woody of Corning, CA; brothers Timothy Woody of Corning, CA and John Edward Woody, Jr. of Chicago, IL; sisters, Tracy Marie Smith of Kennesaw, GA, Jonica Lynn Woody of Crofton, MD, and Cindy Lee Woody of Chicago, IL.