Donald Woodward

Obituary of Donald Woodward

Donald Robert “Bob” Woodward was born on April 3, 1934, in Monroe, Michigan. He was one of four children born from the union of Donald S. and Bertha (Tack) Woodward. Bob would graduate from Monroe High School with the class of 1952.   A natural born athlete, Bob, was known as “Basketball Ace” his Senior year while setting Trojan records for scoring.   He went on to play basketball at Eastern Michigan University for two years.

Bob married the love of his life, the former Rose Marie Simonelli.  Together they had 7 children and were happily married for 65 years.  Sadly, Rose passed away in February of 2019.

Bob enlisted in the United States Army serving his country honorably from 1955-1957.   After his discharge from the military he would pursue a career as a cost analyst for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Company.   He would hold this position until his retirement in 1996.  

Bob stayed active throughout his life playing Men’s AAA Fastpitch softball, to bowling in a league (or two) at the Nortel lanes, to golfing every Saturday at 7:07am at Green Meadows Golf Course in Monroe.  He also enjoyed the banter during a friendly game of Euchre or participating in the Bridge Club at the Frenchtown Senior Center.   Bob was the greatest fan of his own family from children, to grandchildren, to great grandchildren.   He never missed a game, traveling throughout Southeastern Michigan to cheer them on.

Donald Robert “Bob” Woodward, age 87, of Monroe, passed away at his home on Wednesday; October 27, 2021.   In addition to his wife, his passing was preceded by his parents; two sons:  Ted Michael Woodward and Donald Robert Woodward, Jr.; and one sister: Betty Laughren.

To cherish his memory, Bob leaves his five children: Joseph Woodward, Teri Woodward, Eric (Rosalie) Woodward, Sheri (Rick) Herrera, and Holli Woodward; one brother:  James Woodward; one sister:  Shirley Brancheau; nine grandchildren: Ryan (Regina) Gaines, Lisa (Jeremiah) Schumaker, Ricky (Christine) Herrera, Crystal Herrera (Alex Garcia), Justin (Jacquie) Woodward, Katie (Mark) Juchnik, Erica Woodward, Tim Parish, and Nick Navarre along with fifteen great-grandchildren He will also be missed by his large extended family and many friends.

Friends may gather on Monday; November 1, 2021, from 2:00pm-8:00pm at Merkle Funeral Service, North Monroe; 2442 North Monroe Street, Monroe, Michigan 48162 (734) 384-5185, where a Rosary led by the St. Anne’s Men’s Club will take place at 7:00pm.   He will lie in state on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, from 10:00am until the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30am at St. Anne’s Church, 2420 North Dixie Highway, Monroe, Michigan 48162.   Father Henry Rebello pastor of the church will preside.   Cremation will follow through Covenant Cremation of Erie, Michigan.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude for the excellent care provided by Ryan Gaines, Sunshine Libsdorff and Jill Hudkins group.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association as well as the Autism Association at   Online guests may visit