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June 2, 1931 - January 23, 2015
Service Date February 6, 2015
Time to greet friends begins at 10:00am until the 11:00 am Memorial Mass Friday February 6, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Rd., Duluth.
Russell “Russ” C. Woods, of Duluth, died peacefully on January 23, 2015, two weeks shy of his 84th birthday, at Solvay Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family.
Russ was born February 6, 1931 to Sidney and Florence Woods in Duluth. He grew up in West Duluth and attended Denfeld High School, graduating in 1949. Russ began his 36 year career in 1950 with the DM&IR Railroad. He was able to retire at the age of 55 and enjoyed over 28 years of retirement along with his wife, Joanne.
Russ and the former Joanne Schram were married on May 24, 1952. Russ built a home in Piedmont Heights and he and Joanne lived there throughout their marriage, until recent years. Russ and Joanne also owned a cabin on Kauppi Lake in Cotton, where they entertained family and friends for decades. They also travelled all over the United States, from Florida to Alaska, many times with his friends during their retirement. Russ honored his Irish heritage when he turned 70 by travelling to Ireland with his daughter and family, where he kissed the Blarney Stone.
Russ was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus Council 6783. He also belonged to the Proctor Moose Lodge, the All AmericanClub and the Lake Avenue Loafers.
Russ was an all-around good guy who helped many friends, neighbors and families throughout the years. To his daughters he will always be, “the best Dad ever,” who was always there wherever and whenever they needed him.
He is preceded in death by; son John in 2011; his parents; sister Eleanor, her husband Walter Carlson; and nephew Mike Carlson.
Russ is survived by; wife Joanne; two daughters Ann (Bob) Doucette of Duluth, Carolyn (Greg) Golen of Cotton; three grandchildren, Dan Doucette, Phil (Andrea Daube) Doucette of Duluth, Megan Schilling (Jay Callahan) of Manhattan, Montana; sister Mary (Bob) Gerlach of Baxter, MN, sisters-in-law June Reponen, Pat Holmgren, brother-in-law Louis Gerard; numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and friends; and Russ’s favorite canine companion, Romeo. The family would also like to extend a special ‘Thank You’ to the caring staff at Westwood Assisted Living and Fresenius.
Time to greet friends begins at 10:00am until the 11:00 am Memorial Mass Friday February 6, 2015 at St. Lawrence Catholic Church, 2410 Morris Thomas Rd., Duluth. Fr. Seamus Walsh officiating, services by Affordable Cremation & Burial, 218-491-7011, affordableduluth.com