OBITUARY

Woody Stogsdill

November 11, 1925November 12, 2020
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Willis Wordsworth “Woody” Stogsdill, Jr.

Willis “Woody” Stogsdill, 95, of Carmel, went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 12, 2020. He was born on November 11, 1925 in Sarasota, FL to Willis, Sr. and Kathryn Pearl (Smallwood) Stogsdill. He was raised in Bloomington, IN where he met his high school sweetheart, Patricia Mary Tomlinson. They wed in 1946 and had 68 wonderful years of marriage during which time they raised a family, made many lifelong friendships and travelled the world before Pat passed away in 2015.

Woody attended Duke University and then went on to Indiana University School of Medicine where he received his M.D. in 1949. He served in the US Navy and Air Force as a medical officer. Following his discharge, he practiced family medicine in Franklin, IN for twelve years before going back to complete a residency in Anesthesiology at the Indiana University Medical Center. He was Chairman of the Department of Anesthesia at St. Vincent Fall Creek and 86th Street Hospitals for 25 years before retiring in 1992. His work was instrumental in establishing the St. Vincent open heart surgery program in 1974. Woody served as President of the Indianapolis Medical Society and the Indiana Society of Anesthesiologists. He was a deserving recipient of the ISA Distinguished Service Award. He was also active in the American Society of Anesthesiologists for many years. Woody was well respected in the local and national medical communities.

Woody’s faith in God defined his life. He served as an elder in the Christian Church and spent much of his life furthering the Kingdom of God. Pat and Woody enjoyed vacationing near Leland, MI and living in Bradenton, FL. His other interests included playing golf, woodworking and flying his private plane. He was a generous, kindhearted man who gave the best hugs!

In 2017 Woody married Mary Jane Meeker. They had four very fulfilling years together travelling, being with family and just enjoying each other’s companionship.

Woody was preceded in death by his parents, brother Donald, sister Joanne and wife Pat. He is survived by his wife, Mary Jane; children: Kathy (Ron) Hackleman, Jan (Bill) Judy and Don (Tricia) Stogsdill; grandchildren: Kimberly (Mike), Tricia (Jim) Barrett (Caroline), Ted (Debbie), Kacia, Danny, Clay (Mary), Rob (Jenna), Katie and 22 great grandchildren.

A private graveside service for family will be held on Friday, November 20 at 2:00 pm. We encourage you to be part of the service by viewing it livestream and sharing your memories of Woody at www.leppertmortuary.com

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to FAME (Partners in Medical Evangelism) 4545 Southeastern Ave. Indianapolis, IN 46203 or online at https://www.fameworld.org/donate/ Online condolences available at: www.leppertmortuary.com

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Alan Maul

November 24, 2020

As a '"green" perfusionist who had just become manager of the Perfusion Dept., Woody was a great mentor to me. He took me under his wing and provided great advice. Since his retirement, I have often thought about him and will miss him very much. To Don and all his family, my deepest condolences.

Alan Maul

Doug Meeker

November 20, 2020

Woody and Mary Jane were like a late life fairytale. Always happy just to be together, taking it all in, enjoying every minute in each other's company.

The Meeker family was truly blessed that Woody came into our lives and brought so much happiness to Mary Jane over these last 3.5 years.

Godspeed Woody

John Payne

November 20, 2020

Don and Family,
I am deeply saddened to learn of Woody's recent passing. He quickly became one of my heroes when I came to St Vincent in 1977. He was a great medical staff leader and mentor. Often a man of few words but they were always meaningful ones. I always tried to emulate his calm presence and confidence even in times of great stress and medical crisis. He was truly one of a kind and I am enriched for knowing him. Rest in peace friend.
John Payne

Lois Kinney

November 20, 2020

My parents, John and Dorothy Carrel, knew Woody and Pat through church. I went to nursing school in Arkansas and was living there, graduating in 1977. My parents wanted me to move home. My Dad spoke with Woody and when hospitals weren’t really hiring, Dr. Stogsdill got me an interview at St. Vincent Hospital. I worked there for 23 years. He was such a great man of faith and a great physician. He always” checked up on me” during my early working days. Wayne and I send prayers to the family. Our deepest sympathies!

SAM and MARILYN HENNESSEE

November 19, 2020

It was with great sorrow that I read Woody's obituary today. He was a great friend and influence on my life and career. I have known Woody and his family since 1964 when I was a senior in high school. He knew that I wanted to go into medicine and that I knew nothing about how to accomplish that dream. He was responsible for opening many doors for me to achieve that goal. Woody has continued to be a great friend and mentor during these following years. I wish all of the family my sincere condolences. May you never forget what a great person, physician, and Christian that Woody was. Sam Hennessee MD

Helen and lee Hodgen

November 19, 2020

Lee and I were so saddened to hear about Woody. He and Pat were such very special friends. We go back so many years of wonderful memories-raising our kids together-many trips to Michigan-best doctor ever-delivered our second child-Beth. Lots of fun golf games. I could go on and on but he and Pat were so very special in our lives. We loved them like family. He will be so missed. Our love to all the family.❤️🙏 Helen and Lee Hodgen

Elaine Richards(Moss)

November 19, 2020

Dr. Stogsdill and I worked every Sunday to set the schedule for the hospital's surgery. I enjoyed working with him, he was kind, and easy to work with. Good man heart of gold but a litttle devil sometimes.

colette bracken

November 18, 2020

Fond memories of a wonderful doctor & a real gentleman
from Colette Bracken, RN. St Vincent Hosp Surgery Dept 1978-2012

Sara Young

November 18, 2020

Uncle Woody delivered all four of us kids and was my family doc for years. He and Aunt Pat were so close with my mom and dad (Jim and Pam Young). I have many fond memories of him. Including the time I got stung by numerous bees at Jolli Lodge and Uncle Woody literally saved my life by giving me a shot as I went into anaphylactic shock. I was only six. I remember swimming in their pool with the Stogsdill kids in the summer and our folks hanging out on the patio. Also good memories of taking his boat out on the lake with him and my dad fishing. He was a wonderful person and a fabulous doctor who will be very missed. Blessings and prayers to all the family. Sara Young

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Everlasting God,
This day revives in us memories of Woody who lives among us no more.
What happiness we shared when he walked among us,
What joy, when, loving and being loved, we lived our lives together
HIS MEMORY IS A BLESSING FOREVER

Days have passed, and still we feel near to Woody.
Our hearts yearn for him.
Though the bitter grief has softened, a duller pain abides; for the place where he once stood is empty now.
The links of life are broken, but the links of love and longing cannot break.
HIS SOUL IS BOUND UP IN OURS FOREVER.

We see him now with the eye of memory, his faults forgiven, his virtues grown larger.
Goodness lives, and weakness fades from sight.
We remember him with gratitude and bless his name.
HIS MEMORY IS A BLESSING FOREVER

May we prove worthy of carrying on the tradition of his dedication, for now the task is ours.
We give You thanks that he now lives with You.
HE IS ALIVE FOREVER MORE

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