He was born in Comstock Park, MI, on March 29, 1936, the son of Clarence and Cassie Wood and moved to Lansing as a young boy.
Woody retired from Oldsmobile in 1992 after 38 years of service. He was a longtime member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles #1039. Among his many interests were playing golf, going to the casino, bowling, spending time at the cottage at Otsego Lake and winters in Bradenton FL, and watching sporting events, especially the Spartans, Tigers and Lions. But, above all, he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Vada; five children, Douglas (Chris), Debra Cooper, Pamela (Mark) Verleger, Steven (Carol), and Suelynn Kloeckner; eight grandchildren, Aubry, Erica, Justin, Jamie, Brandy, Alyssa, Casey and Jeremy; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, stepfather Donald Pelton, and 3 siblings Clarence, Dolores and Shirley.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 3, 2015, at the Estes-Leadley Holt/Delhi Chapel with Pastor Wesley B. Emerson officiating. Interment will follow in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. The family will receive visitors at the funeral home from 1-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m., Wednesday, December 2.
Contributions can be made to the FOE #1039 (Lansing, MI).
Howard enjoyed life and he will be forever missed by his family.