Lewis Elwood "Woody" Barickman, 85 - formerly of Charleston

Lewis Elwood "Woody" Barickman, 85, formerly of Charleston, WV, died on Thursday, March 12, 2009, in Naples, Florida.

Woody was born on March 18, 1923, in Spencer, WV, a son of the late Naomi and Buell Barickman. He was a 1941 graduate of Spencer High School. He received a BS in Business Administration from West Virginia University in 1948, where he was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Woody married Joyce Lynn Marie Gruntler in 1957, and they lived together in Charleston, before relocating to Wilmington, NC, in 1991 and then to Naples, FL in 2000.

An Army veteran of World War II, Woody served in the 7th Armored Division, 38th Armored Infantry Battalion as Second Lieutenant. He served in the Battle of the Bulge and the eventual liberation of France. He was called back to service during the Korean conflict to establish an instructional center outside of Paris where French, Italian and Portuguese soldiers were trained on the new M46 "Patton" tanks. Woody received the Bronze and Silver Stars for his service in the European theater.

He was a resident of Charleston for 41 years, where he worked for Amherst Industries and Kanawha Manufacturing. He served on the board of trustees for the West Virginia Symphony, West Virginia Export Commission and Junior Achievement. He was a member of Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, and Edgewood Country Club, Berry Hills Country Club, the Army Navy Club, the Press Club, and Cosmos Club.

Woody is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joyce G. Barickman; his son Mark Lewis and wife Elizabeth, and their children, Mattison and Anna, of Basking Ridge, NJ; his son Donald Murray and wife Jennifer, and their sons Stuart and William, of Charleston, SC; his son Michael Thompson and wife Sarah, and their children Lillian and Haden, of Wheeling, WV; and his daughter Lucinda Jane and husband John Stanchina, and their sons Baynard, Charles Elwood, and Joseph, of Richmond, VA.

A Memorial Mass will be held Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m., at Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral, Broad & Quarrier Streets, Charleston, WV.

Contributions in Woody's memory can be made to Avow Hospice, 1905 Whippoorwill Lane, Naples, FL 34105-3847.

Local arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the John H. Taylor Funeral Home, Spencer.