Leonard R. “Woody” Woods
April 4, 1950 – October 29, 2019
Leonard Robert Woods, (Woody, Len, Lenny) was born in Fremont, Nebraska on April 4, 1950 and passed away at Methodist Hospital in Omaha on October 29, 2019.
He was the fourth child of James Duane and Dorothy Romans Woods of Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska.
The family moved to Alma, Nebraska in 1956. Len loved living in the small town of Alma and to this day has many life-long friends from his growing up days. He excelled in a variety of sports, including his love of track; which led him to coach/mentor many youths in the Omaha area in the shot put and discus. Stories of trapping beaver and fishing with his dad were some of his favorite memories.
Following his high school graduation from Alma in 1968, Len attended Kearney State College where he lettered in football. He transferred to South Dakota State in Brookings and played football for the Jackrabbits for three years. Woody was known for his leadership on the team, was co-captain his senior year, and became a forever friend to many of his teammates. He recently returned to Brookings for a “Football Jackrabbits of the 70’s” reunion.
Woody attended the University of Nebraska College of Medicine in their Physical Therapy program. He graduated in 1975 with a RPT degree. His first PT job was at Jennie Edmundson Hospital in Council Bluffs, Iowa, where he became the director of the Physical Therapy department. Many opportunities to use his knowledge, skills, and compassion followed; partnering with Dr. Ron Miller in his clinic, home health care, private practice, and working for Methodist. Woody retired after more than 40 years of helping others.
Woody met his wife, Michelle in 1978, rehabbing her knee at Jennie Edmundson. They united in marriage on September 29, 1984 and resided in Omaha. Both were elated when their daughter, Lauryn Michelle was born on July 29, 1987, followed by her brother, Evan Randall on October 11, 1990. Woody loved his family and spending time with his wife, kids and puppies, were the highlight of his life. He always was so proud of them.
Woody touched so many lives in his years on earth. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife, Michelle, children, Lauryn Woods of Omaha, Ne., Evan Woods of Los Angeles, Ca., sisters, Julia Woods and Marilyn Hurst of Albuquerque, N.M., brother Jim (Yvonne) of Bella Vista, AR., in addition, many nieces and nephews and friends from across the country.
We want to thank you for being such a special part of his life and of ours.
Family will receive friends Friday, November 8th from 11am-1pm at West Center Chapel with MEMORIAL SERVICE at 1pm. Following the Memorial Services, a Celebration of Woody’s Life will be held at the VIP Lounge (9001 Arbor Street). In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Nebraska Humane Society or the Leonard R. “Woody” Woods Alma, Nebraska High School Track Scholarship.