A public graveside service will full military honors will be held for Glenn Tipton Woods Jr., 98, of Cameron, Mo., and formerly of Perry Thursday, June 13 at 10 a.m. at the Violet Hill Cemetery in Perry.
Glenn Tipton Woods Jr. departed this life June 5, 2019, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, Mo. By God’s grace, Glenn was given a long and productive life.
Glenn was born to Glenn T. Woods and Ruby Gilmore Woods at the family farm near Madison, Mo., March 20, 1921, and was the eldest of five children and the last surviving member of his family.
After graduation from Madison High School in 1939, Glenn worked on the family farm before moving to California.
In 1942 Glenn joined the U.S. Navy and served aboard the USS McFarland as a machinist mate 1st class in the Pacific during World War II.
After discharge from the military, Glenn married Pauline Baxter Nov. 17, 1947, in Pasadena, Calif. The family resided in California and Wyoming before moving to Iowa.
Settling in Perry, Glenn worked for many years for the Lauterbach Chevrolet dealership until his retirement.
Glenn was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and active in the local Post 85 of the American Legion, holding various offices, including chaplain and post commander.
Glenn was always ready to lend a helping hand to any friend or neighbor in need and a dependable friend in any circumstance.
Glenn was much sought after as a mechanic, with a reputation for his persistence in diagnosing and repairing almost any vehicle. He worked many long hours, including overtime, to provide for his family.
In retirement, Glenn continued to serve in the American Legion, operating the weekly bingo for many years.
He also enjoyed meeting for morning coffee with other members of the Perry Bowl Liar’s Club.
Glenn liked to travel, and he attended several World War II USS McFarland conventions.
He also enjoyed reading and walking his beloved dogs, Missy and Harrison.
In later years, Glenn moved to Missouri to be closer to family. After several years of residing with his daughter and son-in-law, Glenn relocated to the Missouri Veterans Home in Cameron, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of other resident veterans.
Glenn is survived by his daughter, Sherri (David) Woods Larkins; daughter-in-law; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Glenn was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline, on Feb. 21, 2000; and a step-son, Edwin Earl Haynes; and grandson; Dana Cole Haynes.
Hastings Funeral Home in Perry was in charge of arrangements.