August “Augie” Woods, 87, of Dwight, passed away Sunday, Dec. 24, 2017, at Heritage Health in Dwight, surrounded by his family.
A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hager Memorial Home. Cremation rites have been accorded. Burial will follow in McDowell Cemetery, rural Dwight. Full military honors will be accorded.
Friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Friday at the memorial home.
Born Feb. 4, 1930, in Raleigh Lake, Augie was a son of August and Myrtle (Sassenger) Woods. He married Frances Kissiar in 1953. He later married Nancy Kruse on March 23, 1979. She survives in Dwight.
He is also survived by daughters, Debra (Gary) Thorson, Kathy Woods, Carolyn Woods, all of Dwight; a son, Michael (Jeana) Woods, Dwight; stepchildren, Christopher (Carol) Whitson of Glen Ellyn, David (Karen) Whitson of Wauconda, Michael Whitson of Las Vegas, Nev.; grandchildren, Stephanie, Michael, Beth Ann, Emily, Bryan; stepgrandchildren, Matthew, Zachary, Allyson and Bryan; many great-grandchildren; a sister, Lorraine Hollis; grandnieces, Casey and Nicki Kellums, all of Arkansas; a sister, Elva Jean; and brothers, Bryon and Charles Woods.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his beloved aunt and uncle, Ralph and Bernice Sassenger; brother-in-law, Ed Hollis; a nephew, Tony Catritias and niece, Tina Kellums.
Augie was hired into Caterpillar in Peoria in 1949, where he worked until the Korean War began and he was called away to serve in the U.S. Army in 1950. He was trained at the 101st Army basic training facility at Breckenridge, Ky. and served his country in the Seventh Army Constabulary in Germany holding the Iron Curtain in the mountains.
After his time in the Army, he returned to work for Caterpillar at the Joliet plant, where he worked until he retired in 1985. Augie was an honorary lifetime member of the American Legion Post 486 of which he held many titles over the years including post commander, adjutant and service officer. He was also a lifetime member of the Dwight Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2608, where he served as commander post quartermaster and service officer at various times. He sold real estate for Coldwell Banker for several years in the Dwight and Morris area.
He loved sports, but his passion was for baseball. He was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan and was involved in local youth baseball including Little League, Pony League and American Legion leagues. He always said the job could not have been done without his friend and coach Henry Lund.
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