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SOLDIER – Woodrow (Woody)

January 4, 1957 – May 4, 2010

Woodrow (Woody) Dyce Soldier, beloved husband of Martina of Morley, passed away peacefully in Calgary on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at the age of 53 years, after a short illness.

Besides his loving wife, Woody also leaves behind his precious six children, Lennaya, Karesa, Tequisha, Brandon, Dyce, and Keenan; and three beautiful and cherished grandchildren, Sheridan, Trace and Shayden Lee; special sister Irene Crawler and adopted daughter Glendolene and her two children, Landon and Tiara of Whitecourt, SK. He is also survived by his brothers, Bud (Carol), Ferlin (Charlene); sisters, Irene and Martha Crawler; nephews, Floyd Beaver and Keith Beaver. Woody also leaves behind numerous relatives, Glen (Brenda) Goodstoney, Dave (Grace) Daniels, Lou Crawler, Frank (Glenda) Crawler, the Goodstoney family, the Crawler family of Morley, the Crawlers from Big Horn, the Onespots from Sarcee, Barbera and Orville Daniels from Eden Valley, Doral Bearspaw and family; and his in-laws, Violet (Richard) Amos, Annie (Sam) Ear; brother-in-law, Randy (Linda) Baptiste; and cousin Glen (Paula) Stevens. He was predeceased by his parents Annie (1981) and Guy (1983) Soldier; sister Vicki Soldier (1994); Auntie Delia Soldier (2000); Alma Crawler (2001); and brother Floyd Soldier (1964). Woody was from a respected heritage on both sides of the family – 4th generation of the late Uncle Hector Crawler. We sincerely apologize for anyone we have missed.

Woody will be remembered for his charisma, passion and knowledge for the many jobs that he has done. At a young age Woody participated in the Rodeo Circuit, played hockey and was an avid hunter. While still keeping up with his education, he drove the Morley Community school bus which at that time was run by Ray Mills. In 1988 he joined the Stoney Tribal Police. Shortly after, he became the first Stoney member to join the RCMP and was dispatched to Cochrane, AB. During his time with the force, he owned and operated his heavy equipment company, WMS Trucking Ltd. From 2000 to 2002 he took a leadership role as Councilor for the Chiniki Band. After his leadership he returned to his steady employers, Tawow Resources and Precision Drilling, for whom he enjoyed working. After all the years that he has worked off the reserve and prior to his illness he did his last services to the community, working for the Nakoda bus lines.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, AB), on Saturday, May 8, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. Wake Services to follow at the family residence in Morley, AB.

Funeral Services will be held at Morley United Church (Morley, AB) on Monday, May 10, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Soldier’s Cemetery (Morley, AB). You may forward condolences through

In living memory of Woody Soldier, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park, Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Jim Messner :

    I am overseas and just heard about Woody’s passing. I knew Woody and we became friends prior to his time working with the Mounted Police and thereafter. My condolences to you and your family, he was a good man and friend.

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  2. Dorothy Dixon & Family :

    We’re sorry for your loss. We will pray for you and your children & grandchildren. May God give you strength. Sorry I couldn’t be there or my family. I’m too ill again. I’m very sorry for the loss of good man. When you met him somewhere he greeted you with a smile and a joke. It is his laugh that me & my family will miss the most. May God be with you in this time of need . Thank you Woody for touching our lives those summers you played – thank you – the kids will miss you.

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  3. Marcel W. Dubois :

    Lennaya and family;

    The time for Woody came quickly and left little time to prepare. Your sorrow and grief are felt by many as you, and many members of the STA Security Unit, mourn the loss of a very respected father and team mate. In the short time I was graced to meet Woody, it was very evident that he was respected and honoured by the Stoney community and that Woody was a leader.

    I am grateful for the time I was able to share in Woody’s life and pray that his soul remain at peace.

    Marcel Dubois

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  4. Tequisha Soldier :

    I miss you dad!='(. I miss you telling us stories, lecturing us, your laugh, voice, jokes, everything”. Just seem like yesterday you were here. You kept strong for us until you couldn’t take no more pain. God saw you suffering and took you. Your body was tired but your spirit was still going. Its hard and we miss you greatfully. But were glad that you are not suffering and in a better place. We will meet again. Goodbye is not forever. But it just breaks us down when we can’t see you for awhile but time flys. Still praying for you. I love you much dad! -Daughter: Tequisha and Family

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  5. Tequisha Soldier :

    And thank you everyone

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  6. Lennaya Soldier :

    On behalf of my family, I would like to take this time to say Thank you to everyone who was with us during our loss of a respected, wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend, cousin, nephew and everything that he made himself to be. “A Somebody”. Even though we can’t see him, hear him, or hug him, he’s there in our hearts and we’ll never forget him. Once again Thank you muchly for your prayers and condolences. May God Be Will You All. I Love You Dad and Miss You till We Meet Again. Daughter – Lennaya and Family

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