Obituary: Gary ‘Woody’ Wodack

Gary Andrew “Woody” Wodack, 74, lifelong resident of Sturgeon Bay, died at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay and awoke in the arms of the Lord, Tuesday morning, June 20, 2017.

He was born in Door County on January 29, 1943, the son of the late Andrew “Woody” and Dorothy (Waters) Wodack. Gary graduated from Sturgeon Bay High School in 1960. He was united in marriage to Joan Rita Schuster on February 1, 1964 at St. Mary Catholic Church (now Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church) in Maplewood. Gary started out working for Griffin Canning, then Palmer Johnson Yachts for nearly forty years primarily as a paint department foreman, and eventually for Great Lakes Yacht Services as a foreman.

He was a founding member and former secretary/treasurer of the Door Devils Motorcycle Club and helped create their logos and design their jackets. He was an avid participant at the Door County Fair, submitting numerous works of art for competition. Gary loved attending the races at Thunderhill Raceway and had a passion for photography. Above all, he loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

Gary will be deeply missed by his wife, Joan, with whom he shared over 53 years of marriage; two sons and one daughter, Bryan “Woody” (Mary) Wodack, Craig (Stacy) Wodack, both of Sturgeon Bay, and Heidi (Paul) DeGrave of Luxemburg; eight grandchildren, Brady and Carley Wodack and Nick Merchant, Kari (Berkley) March, and Laura (Jeremy) Schultz, Hailey, Abigail, and Greyson DeGrave; four great-grandchildren, Amaya, Maverick, and Zara, and Danica; one sister, Bernadette “Bernie” (Tom) Laatsch of Green Bay; other relatives; and friends.

His life was honored with a funeral service held at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 23, 2017 at Huehns Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Joel Sauer officiating. Gary was laid to rest in Bayside Cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Gary may be shared with his family through his tribute page at

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