Donald E. “Don” Woods, 89, of Ellery, Ill. passed from this life to the next on Nov. 19 at Rest Haven Manor in Albion, Ill.
He was born Mar. 27, 1930 in Ellery, the son of Edith Maude (Severns) and Cyril Woods. He married Dorothy Parks on Jul. 7, 1951 in Allendale, Ill. and she survives.
Don was a Korean War Veteran, having served in the Marines. He was a farmer and a life-long shepherd. He began showing sheep at the age of 12. He worked as a Country Companies agent, and assisted Santa as an elf in Edwards County for almost 50 years. Don was a life-long member of Little Prairie Christian Church and served as a children’s Sunday school teacher for 40 years. He had been both a member and secretary of the Edwards County Fair Board, served as President of the Illinois Southern Zone Fair Association, and was an Edwards County Commissioner, serving as Chairman of the Board for many years. Don is also remembered for being instrumental in getting the updated, current facility of the Edwards County Senior Citizens Center in Albion.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Dorothy; two sons: David Woods and Dale (Susan) Woods; one daughter, Danita (Dennis) Mewes; five grandchildren: Chase Mewes, Courtney Cashman, Alex Mewes, Jason Woods, and Michele Ward; and seven great-grandchildren with one more on the way!
Don was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Margaret Frankland; and a great-grandson, Keaton Mewes.
Visitation will be held Sunday, Nov. 24 from noon to 2 p.m. at Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home in Albion. The service will be held at 2 p.m. at the funeral home with burial to follow in Little Prairie Cemetery, west of Albion. Military Rites will be conducted at the graveside.
Memorials may be made to the Albion Senior Citizens Center and envelopes will be available at the service.
Online condolences may be shared with the family at www.meridithfuneralhome.com.
Ingram-Meridith Funeral Home of Albion is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.