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A farm accident Tuesday (Aug. 31, 1999) killed Erron L. Woodard, 89, a retired dairy farmer and former supervisor in the Town of Yorkshire.

Woodard was chopping wood at his Woodard Road farm shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday when the accident occurred. Authorities said he was using an attachment to a tractor when the tractor rolled over on him, crushing his chest.

He was airlifted to Erie County Medical Center, where he died at 8:18 p.m.

Woodard was born in Limestone and attended Delevan High School. He was employed by GLF of Buffalo, Owego and Warren, Pa., for several years before becoming a self-employed dairy farmer. He retired as a dairy farmer in 1966 and then worked for the Cattaraugus County Nursing Home in Machias until 1972.

In addition to serving as supervisor, he also was a past president and member of the former Delevan-Machias Central School Board for 12 years. He belonged to the Delevan United Methodist Church.

Woodard was well known throughout the community for his volunteer work in the Meals on Wheels organization and as a member and past president of the Delevan Senior Citizens.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, the former Frances Martin; a daughter, Julie Penrod of Springwater; a sister, Frances Strong of the Town of Tonawanda; a brother, Dean of Eggertsville; and three granddaughters.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Delevan United Methodist Church at Church Street and Delevan Avenue. Burial will be in the McKinstry Cemetery, Yorkshire.


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