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Harvey Lee Woods

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Harvey Lee Woods Obituary

Harvey Lee Woods, 70, of Shawnee, Kan., passed away at home on June 11, 2018.

Harvey was born in Sedalia, Mo., on February 25, 1948, to William and Irene Woods. His parents moved the family to Independence, Mo., in his youth, wherein Harvey had the fortune of being a neighborhood paperboy to former President Harry S. Truman. Harvey would later graduate from Truman High School in 1966. He enrolled in college at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University), but left soon after to enlist in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, serving four years active duty and two years reserve.

He eventually met and then married Gwen Thelen (Woods) on July 20, 1985. They began their life together in Shawnee, Kan. Harvey was a diligent worker who took pride in supporting his family through his employment at Cargill, Continental Grain, and Superior Volvo.

Harvey was also a sport enthusiast who enjoyed cheering on his children in their athletic pursuits, as well as watching and yelling for and at Kansas City sports teams. He cherished time with family, spending time outdoors, mastering grilling techniques, and sharing his thoughts on current sociopolitical topics. Known as a tough young man with a playful sense of humor in his early years, he matured into a kind and compassionate grandfather who was lovingly nicknamed "Ha-Ha" by his granddaughter, Izabella.

He is survived by his wife, Gwen; son, Brett and daughter-in-law, Ellen; step-daughter, Kristin and son-in-law, Brent; mother, Irene; two brothers, Mike and Kenny; two grandchildren, Izabella and Isaiah; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father.

The family requests that in place of sending flowers for the celebration of life, that you consider donating to the Cancer Research Institute in Harvey's memory at https://www.cancerresearch.org.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Friday, June 15, followed by a Celebration of Life ceremony at 7 p.m., at the Amos Family Funeral Home, 10901 Johnson Drive, Shawnee, KS 66203; 913-631-5566.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.amosfamily.com.
Published in The Examiner on June 14, 2018
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