Eldon Ray “Rhodie” Woods, 89, of Orrick, MO, passed away at his home on Friday, July 13, 2018.
Rhodie was born April 28, 1929 in Orrick, MO, to Irving Woods and Lillie (Werle) Woods. He was a lifelong resident of Orrick and graduated from Orrick High School in 1947. He was united in marriage on March 22, 1953 to Marilyn Hagman. They
celebrated 65 years together this past March.
Rhodie served his country in the United States Army during the Korean conflict. He served as the Postmaster of Orrick for 32 years and retired from his duties in 1989. He served the community with his memberships and involvement with various civic organizations. He was a 55 year member of the Orrick Lions Club and was also a member of the Ray County Veterans group. Rhodie was one of the leaders that was instrumental in the development of the Orrick Senior Housing, where he served as manager for several years after it was established. He was a member of the Orrick United Methodist Church, and was often seen working around the church to keep it maintained.
Rhodie loved to drive around Orrick to look at crops and “check things out”. Then he would stop at one of the local establishments to drink coffee and visit with friends.
He enjoyed gardening, yard work, and spending time with his grandchildren, Eric and Rachel.
Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marilyn J. Woods of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer Porter and husband, Bill, of Louisburg, KS; a sister, Donna Steele of San Bernardino, CA; his grandchildren, Eric Porter of Dallas, TX, and Rachel Porter of Manhattan, KS; nephew, Tim Steele of San Bernardino, CA; Swiss grandchildren, Rahel, her husband, Reto, and daughter, Charlotte Christiana, and Myriam and her husband, Lorenz; along with several cousins.
Rhodie was preceded in death by his parents, Lillie and Irving Woods.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at Gowing Funeral Home.
Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the United Methodist Church in Orrick. Inurnment will take place at a later date at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery in Higginsville, MO.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Orrick United Methodist Church in his honor.