Obituary: John S. Woods III
John S. Woods III, 78, passed away March 4. John moved back to Indiana as a senior research chemist when Dow Chemical moved the Ag research labs to Indianapolis to become Dow Elanco almost 25 years ago. He was active in Boy Scouts of America for 70 years, Kiwanis, Key Clubs in Carmel schools, Carmel’s Citizens Emergency Response Team, Red Cross and worked on many service projects and fundraisers. He was one of Westfield High School’s most requested substitute teachers right up until his hospitalization. Originally, he signed on to sub for chemistry and expanded to cover all the sciences and math courses. He added history when his wife assured him he would be a natural, because he had lived through so much of it. He did, however, draw the line at PE and art.
He and his wife Chistine (Griffin) Woods would have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this summer.
He was preceded in death by his parents: John Woods II of Cincinnati and Dorothy (Lewis) Woods of Milan, as well as his first wife: Ruth (Lingo) Woods of Cincinnati.
He is survived by his wife Christine, her children: Gerald Egleson, Steve Egleson, Daniel Egleson, Elizabeth Egleson and their families. He was a loving and supportive part of their lives. He is also survived by his son, John S Woods IV, and his daughter, Catherine (Woods) Wertz, and their families. John counted himself as having six children, 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
He was a kind and friendly man, always ready to be of service and always ready with a joke or two. He was much loved, and will be greatly missed.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. April 8 at St Mark’s Methodist Church, at 126th and Gray Road, Carmel. Messages may be posted on the website of Leppert Mortuary.