Woods, Ellery C. "Woody"
Woody passed away peacefully on Saturday March 16, 2013, at the age of 87 from cancer.
He was born November 25, 1925 in Beloit, WI. The son of Elery and Agnes (Crane) Woods.
Woody joined the United States Marine Corp. from 1943 - 1945. He fought at the battle of Peleliu, in the South Pacific, during WWII; was wounded and received the Purple Heart.
He graduated from Waukesha High School in 1944 and attended the University of Wisconsin.
Woody was a long time member of the Appleton Masonic Lodge and belonged to several organizations over the years including, Order of the Purple Heart, Order of DeMolay, Civil Air Patrol - U.S. Air Force Auxillary, and American Legion - post 538.
His working career was that of a salesman.
He arrived in Appleton in 1948. Where he met and married Mavis Goodwin, his bride of 64 years.
Mavis survives along with their 4 children, Bill Woods, AZ, Holly (Tom) Bauer, Appleton, Joy (Robert) Lynn, TN, and Wendy (John) Wojcik, CA, six grandchildren, Eric (Lisa) Woods, Robyn (Dan) Tesch, Chris (Keri) Bauer, Tara (Jeremy) Zilisch, John Wojcik II, and April Lynn, and four great granddaughters, Anastasia, Autumn, Isabella and Athena. He is further survived by his brother in-laws, Donald Goodwin, Merlin (Marge) Goodwin and Gerald (Shirley) Goodwin and nieces and nephews.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents and mother and father in-law, William and Susan Goodwin. His sister, Sally Frieberg, sister in-law, Ginny Krueger and niece, Peggy.
Per Woody's wishes there will only be a private family service.
In lieu of any flowers please make a donation to the
The family would like to thank the hospice staff, Loran, Melissa, Julie, Ellen,Karen and Paula for their kindness and care of Woody.
Also the staff at American Grand. With a special thanks to Dave.
My Daddy dear your always near
sounds of whistling in my ear
The gifts you gave cannot be bought
Priceless treasures, it's the thought
Dancing lessons, upon your feet
Swiftly moving, keeping beat
Smoke rings made for our delight
Zippo sounds, open, close and strike
Bedtime stories told at night
Bedcovers tucked in, nice and tight
Pen in hand, make no mistake
Crossword puzzles, piece of cake
Lather up and shave your face,
Slap it on it's called skin brace
Shined up shoes, suit and tie
Fedora hat, caught my eye
All grown up, memories dear
I hold them close, throughout my years
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Mar. 17, 2013
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