Thomas “Tom” J. Woods, 89, of Oelwein passed away on Thursday December 14, 2017 at the University of Iowa Hospitals in Iowa City. Visitation will be from 3 to 6 on Sunday with a scripture service at 6:00 pm at the Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein. Funeral services will be at 11:00 am on Monday December 18, 2017 at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oelwein with Father Ray Atwood officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery in Oelwein. A memorial fund has been established to go to the Melanoma Research Foundation.
Tom was born November 20, 1928 in rural Ryan, Iowa, the son of John and Sadie (Burke) Woods. He graduated from the Randalia High School in 1946. He was united in marriage to Carolyn Doran on May 21, 1955 in Fayette, Iowa. Tom co-owned and operated Woods Brothers Wholesale Co. with his brothers. He also farmed, raised cattle and grain. Tom enjoyed farming and his John Deere equipment. He also cherished countless summers on the Mississippi River and winters in Naples, Florida. He was a people person and lived life to the fullest, but his greatest enjoyment was his family and friends. He will be dearly missed.
Tom is survived by his wife, Carolyn of Oelwein; his daughters, Janna (Jack) Woods Hamilton of Houston, TX, Jody Woods Thompson of Delray Beach, FL, and Jill Woods Kelly of Oelwein; grandchildren, Courtney Woods, Rachel Woods, Alison Kelly, Elizabeth Thompson, Thomas Kelly and Olivia Thompson; 3-great grandchildren, Brady, Drakesyn and Christian; a brother Jim Woods of Cedar Rapids; a brother-in law, Sheldon Fox; a sister-in-law Judy Woods and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Tommy Woods; sister, Margaret and her husband Tom Henry, brother Don and his wife Lola Woods, sister, Betty Fox, brothers, Paul and his wife Carolee Woods and Leo Woods.