Forrest "Woody" Haselton (1938 - 2018)

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Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory
916 17th Street
Vero Beach, FL
Funeral Mass
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
10:00 AM
Holy Cross Church

Forrest "Woody" Haselton
VERO BEACH, Fla. - Forrest "Woody" Haselton, born in Sanford in 1938, who resided in Ogunquit and Vero Beach, passed from this life to the next, Friday May 18, 2018, at home, surrounded by his family.
Woody attended Sanford High School, and in his adult life he was one of ten recipients of the Sanford High School Hall of Fame, selected for his years of dedication and service, and his many achievements in the world of retailing.
After a high school career that included class officer of the student council, marching band drummer and member of football, basketball and baseball teams, the Hall of Fame membership was very meaningful for a man who always lead by example.
Woody attended Boston University and transferred to the University of New Hampshire. He spent summers working in Oqunquit, where he later came to live.
Woody graduated with a degree in political science. After graduation, Woody served in the United States Air Force. Learning all he could about the supply chain in the military, Woody put that knowledge to work with a career at Sears and Roebuck.
Over 30 years, Woody held positions from manager in training, all the way up to retail president. During his Sears tenure, Woody was a strong leader who developed and assisted many other professionals.
Woody was instrumental in critical negotiations with other CEO's that kept Sears moving forward. He retired in 1994.
After retirement, Woody sat on the boards of Quaker State/Pennzoil and The Boy Scouts of America. He also volunteered for The United Way foundation, visiting and investigating needy organizations to help The United Way meet their obligation to be good stewards of donations.
Woody is survived by his loyal and loving wife of 54 years, Ethel Haselton. Together they raised Forrest "Chip" Haselton, married to Pamella Haselton, and Eric Haselton. Their family has blossomed to include two grandchildren, Taylor Haselton and Alexandra Haselton.
Ethel and Woody were members of Hawks Nest Golf Club where they developed many close friendships. Woody could always be counted on to bring a smile to everyone with his never-ending supply of jokes. Ethel and Woody enjoyed traveling far and near and took part in new customs and traditions all over the world.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents, Forrest and Delima Haselton. He is survived by his sisters, Donna Smith, married to Bob Smith, and Pat Kaligian, married to Peter Kaligian; and several nieces and nephews. A Celebration Mass will be held in Woody's honor, May 23, 2018, at Holy Cross Church at 10 a.m., with a life celebration reception immediately following at Oak Harbor Country Club.
Arrangements are under the direction of Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
United Way of Indian River County
601 21st Street, Suite 310
Vero Beach, FL 32961, or to
St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital
P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142
Memphis, TN 38101-9908

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Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on May 22, 2018
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