Allen Woodbury Cater, known to all as "Woody," of Edina, Minn., and Sanibel, Fla., died Feb. 11, 2013 in Edina at 79 years old. What a wonderful ride.
He drove a six-pony hitch in the Minnesota State Fair and showed three- and five-gaited horses. He had an NROTC scholarship to the University of Minnesota and served 20 years as a Navy pilot, five years active and 15 years in the reserve.
Flying in the first supersonic jet in the Navy, he flew F8, had 500 carrier landings. Woody retgired as a commander.
Allen Woodbury Cater
He went on to form his own company in the food business.
Loved our cabin in Balsam Lake, Wisc., where he was always surrounded by family and friends of all generations. There were mandatory rides on his refurbished (by him) 1938 fire truck, John Deere tractors, boats, a 6x6 Army truck and anything with a motor.
Woody loved skiing in the mountains out west going back to 1950.
Sanibel & Captiva were near and dear to his heart for their natural beauty. He was active in the Captiva Island Yacht Club, SCCF, Ding Darling, San-Cap Trust and on the board of the School House Theater for years. Boating was a must in Woody's life.
He is survived by Betty, his wife of 57 years, three children, Mark, Jeff and Stacie Weiss (Mike), four grandchildren, Kelsey, Shelby, Kevin and Annie, sister Neede Cooley (John) and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many wonderful friends. We thank you all for your love and prayers.
A memorial service will be held at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, at 5 p.m. on Monday, March 18.