James William Woodul, born Feb. 18, 1919 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016 at Samaritan Hospice in Mount Holly, N.J. He was 96.
He was preceded in death in 2010 by his wife of 64 years, Vernell Caldwell Woodul.
Mr. Woodul retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1965. He joined the 4th Calvary (Mechanized) in 1940, moved to the Army Air Corps, and finally to the Air Force. He was stationed at Seething Airfield, England, during World War II with the 715th Bomb Squadron, 448th Bombardment Group. He served in aircraft maintenance during most of his military career, moving into aircraft maintenance analysis at Headquarters Military Airlift Command, Scott AFB, before retiring.
After earning his Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering at Penn State, he joined 21st Air Force at McGuire AFB and continued to analyze aircraft maintenance to ensure optimal flight time for all command aircraft. He retired from civil service in 1984.
After retirement, Mr. Woodul and his wife traveled extensively as members of the GMC Motorcoach Association. He continued mechanical tinkering and repair until his death. Jim could always be counted on to understand the functioning of any mechanical device, and to help his neighbors in any way possible.
Jim Woodul was elected Fire Commissioner for Mount Holly Fire District # 1, serving from December 1992 to February 1994.
He is survived by two daughters, Sally Ann Ruggiero of Shamong and Barbara Marano of Pompton Lakes, N.J.; three grandchildren, Sallie Reid of Orchard Park, N.Y., Scott Marano of Portsmouth, R.I., and Kristin Wagner of Golden, Colo.; and six great-granddaughters, Callie, Macy, and Ashlee Reid, Katherine and Natalie Wagner, and Scarlett Marano.
Burial with full military honors will be held at Brig. Gen. William C. Doyle Veterans Memorial Cemetery, New Hanover, N.J. Services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to any charity that serves veterans or to Samaritan Hospice, Mount Holly, N.J.Ed Kaelin III
Lee Funeral Home,