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William G. (Bill) Woods, 92, of Owensville, Mo. departed this life Tuesday, January 31,
2017, at St. Mary's Hospital in Jefferson City.
Bill was born on October 5, 1924 in
Marshall, Texas to the late Irvin Miller and Iva Orvetta (Cates) Woods. He served his
country during WWII in the United States Army as a cook and a baker. On his return to
Texas he worked as a lineman for Southwestern Bell. He met Mabel Ruth Winter serving
as best man for Elmer (Tuggles) Terrill when he married Mabel's sister Alice. The
couple married in Abilene, Texas on September 14, 1946. Shortly after their marriage
they moved back to Mabel's home town of Owensville.
Bill worked at several jobs in the community before starting work at McDonnell Douglas
in St. Louis. He was a design engineer when he retired from McDonnell in 1984. After
retirement Bill spent many hours sharing conversation and swapping tales with his
friends at the donut shop and McDonalds. Bill will long be remembered for his kindness,
generosity, and dry sense of humor. Bill was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of
Latter Day Saints, Sullivan Ward, and the Owensville Masonic Lodge #623.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mabel; son, William I. Woods; and by
five brothers and five sisters. His survivors include daughter-in-law Martha Driskel and
husband Ron of Camdenton; brothers Howard Woods of Tyler, Texas, Huey Woods and
wife Martha of Comanche, Oklahoma and Jim Woods and wife Jane of Marshall, Texas;
sister Wanda Watkins of Shreveport, LA; granddaughter, Beth Hill, her husband Eric,
and great-grandchildren Lynna, Liam, Lainey, and Lauren Hill of Wichita, Kansas.
Visitation will be Friday, February 3 from 4-8 p.m. at Gottenstroeter Funeral Home in
Funeral services will be on Saturday, February 4, at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Bishop John Hamblin officiating. Graveside services will be conducted at Gottenstroeter Mausoleum in Owensville with full military honors.