Todd C. Woods
October 25, 1948 – January 5, 2020
Todd C. Woods (71) of Springfield passed away on January 5th at his residence. He was born on October 25,1948 in Springfield, the son of Carrol W. Woods and Doris (Wieties) Woods. Todd was previously married to Paula and they remained lifelong friends.
Todd served in the U.S. Marines and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked as a heavy equipment operator and later as a self-employed landscaper. He enjoyed tending to his large variety of indoor and outdoor plants. He liked meeting and conversing with people and was grateful for the time spent with friends and family. Especially with his daughter Amanda. He was a friend of Bill W.
He is survived by his daughter Amanda Woods (boyfriend Lucas), Mother; Doris Woods, Sisters; Carolyn “Susie” Jones, Marilyn (husband Hugh) Harris and Mindy Woods, all of Springfield. Brothers; Mark Woods of Springfield and Jeff (wife Karen) Woods of Williamsville IL. Nephews; Woodsman “Woody” Jones (wife Kristin) of Romeoville IL, August “Gus” Jones (wife Mary) of Springfield, Dylan Woods of Denver Colorado and niece Skylar Woods of Brentwood Missouri. One aunt; Anita Hayes of Springfield. One uncle; Joseph (wife Fe) Woods of Los Angeles, CA. Also survived by his great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father Carrol W. Woods and brother-in-law Nolan Jones.
Arrangements are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 E. Allen, where a memorial gathering will be held on Saturday January 11th starting at 10:00 AM followed by a brief Celebration of Life at 11:30 AM. Cremation rites were accorded. In lieu of flowers, the family would encourage friends to make a charitable donation of their own choosing. A private burial will be held at Camp Butler at a later date and please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.
- Memorial Gathering Saturday, January 11, 2020
- Memorial Service Saturday, January 11, 2020
Todd C. Woods
January 11, 2020
I met Todd Woods around October of 1963, quite literally, in the steaming bowels of Lanphier High School. The wrestling team called the sweltering basement that housed the school’s boiler, their “weight" room. That is where we practiced.
But it wasn’t just a place to sweat and lose the pounds to make weight; it turned out to have been the place where some of my fondest life-long friendships were forged; Todd will always be one of them.
He was a scrappy little 95 pounder back then, totally fearless and audacious. Someone nicknamed him "Button"— because he was cute as a button. The next thing I knew he was a Marine, home from boot camp, making me sit between my speakers and listen to the entire Beatles' Sergeant Pepper’s album while we shared something he said was "Acapulco Gold.”
He said, “Terry Paul, you’re an artist— this is going to change the way you see everything. So sit down.”
That was not the only time I shared a controlled substance with Todd. As it turned out it wasn’t even the most memorable.
But that's another story.
Todd and I rode motorcycles. Did drugs. Occasionally fought strangers in the street. Went off to war, and made it back home alive; but not without the kind of scars that stay with you as long as you live.
We were a part of a tumultuous time and a generation of change. The eternal advantages of our experiences were not obvious back then, but I can tell you one thing for certain: Todd has a great guardian angel. And Todd made sure that Angel did the very best job she could do.
The bottom line is this: We will all become better persons because of our experiences— both good and bad— here in time and space.
And right now, Todd is getting use to a brand new body on a fantastic new world, in the company of Carrol and Nolan, and all those who preceded him in this grand adventure of eternal life.
And may God bless us all, and keep us ever faithful until we are blessed to join them.
Live in divine expectation,
January 9, 2020
Mark, Mrs Woods and family, I was shocked to hear about Todds passing. My brother Larry and I became great friends with Todd and Mark over55 yrs ago, after moving to Spfld from Indiana. Todd & Larry were inseparable. Larry was kia in Vietnam and I think Todd took it extremely hard we asked Todd to escort his body back to Indy, I know that was a tough order for Todd, but he obliged. I was forever grateful to him for doing that. I love you buddy & will miss you! Looking forward to when we can all be together again! Say hi to Larry for me! Your friend Jerry Whitis
January 8, 2020
Jeff, Mrs. Woods and the entire Woods Family: I am so very sorry to hear of Todd's passing and your loss. Rest assured, he and all of you are in my thoughts and prayers. Todd was the "Big Brother" I never had, the one whom I always looked up to, the one whose advice, humor and good-naturedness were always well-received and respected, too. For the record, he took this "Chump" on the first, and best, motorcycle ride of my life, in true fashion down Sangamon Avenue. Will always cherish that memory. Rest In Peace, Todd, we love and miss you, and may God welcome you into His Eternal Kingdom of Life, Light, Love and Happiness. --- Ed & Becky Cobau and Family