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Woods – Ontonagon, Mich.

Published: Wednesday, June 13, 2012 11:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012 10:15 a.m. CDT

E. Ross Woods was born in Walcott, Wyoming, on September 19, 1921. 

His family returned to Iowa when he was an infant, and he grew up on a farm east of Osceola, where the Harvest Barn sits today. 

He served in the army during WWII, including time in Okinawa, Japan. He always said he fought the war with a typewriter. 

In 1943, he married Doris Steele. They had five children. 

He worked for the post office in Osceola, and in 1961, Ross moved his family to Mesa, Arizona.  He worked for Talley Industries, established his own cleaning service, and also retired from the local community college district after many years of service.

He married Alice Godfrey in 1990. 

In 2009, he moved to Michigan, where he died on June 3, 2012, in Ontonagon County at the age of 90. 

He is preceded in death by his parents Bert and Viola Woods; his wife Doris; and his daughter Barb Servino. Also preceding Ross in death are eight siblings, sisters Nellie Cochran, Lucille Mullen, Lillie Miller and Pauline Patterson, and brothers Alvin (“Bud”) Woods, Lester (“Buss”) Woods, Laurel (“Pike”) Woods, and Roy Woods. 

He is survived by his wife Alice of White Pine, Michigan, and several step-children; his sister Nota Dutton of Des Moines; his children Lynn (Mary Ellen) Woods, Susan (Tom) McNeil, Greg (Margaret) Woods and Ted Woods, all of the Phoenix, Arizona area; grandchildren Amy (John) Scott, John (Carrissa) Gittus, Lesley Gittus, Leah Woods, Mary McNeil, Katie McNeil, Ryan McNeil, and Skyler (Anna) Sanders, all of the Phoenix area, and Matt (Melissa) Williams of Pittsburgh, PA; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces, nephews, extended family members and friends who will miss him dearly.

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