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|Philip H. Wood
19 July 1857–19 December 1923
|There occurred at his home in Hale township, Jones county, Iowa on December 19, 1923, the death of Philip H. Woods, after a months sickness of pneumonia followed by weakness of heart. He was the son of Amos and Sarah Woods and was born in Madison township, Jones county, Iowa, July 19, 1857, and at the time of his death, had reached the age of 66 years and five months.
His life during childhood and young manhood was spent at home. During this time he graduated from the Olin High School and from Lenox College, Hopkinton, Iowa. Following his graduation he taught school in Cass county, Iowa, where he met the young woman, Lucy Skipton, who became his bride on December 23, 1882 and who preceded her husband from this world on Dec. 20, 1913.
After a few years of farming in Iowa and Kansas, the family moved to the present home in Hale township, Jones county, Iowa. Here were spent the rest of his years during which time the energies of the father were given to secure a home and caring for the interests of the family of growing children. The children were four: two boys and two girls. Amos of Marion, Iowa; Arthur of Hale, Iowa; Mrs. Belle Bowers of Olin and Mrs. Millie French of Wyoming. On Sept. 26, 1915, he was married to Stella Skipton who died May 5, 1918.
Mr. Woods was an industrious farmer and a friend to his neighbors assisting them in their work and helping to care for them in time of sickness and distress. For many years he was a regular attendant of the services of the M.E. Church, but during the later years his Hearing became so impaired that he was unable to hear and share in the order of services, so did not attend. During the last few years the deceased has been in poor health, and four weeks ago pneumonia developed resulting in weakening of the heart action and which was the final cause of his death. Two brothers and one sister had preceded him in death.
Besides the family who mourn the loss of this father, there is one brother and two sisters who join the children in their sorrow. These are C. C. Woods of Olin, Iowa; Mrs. Josie DeLarm of Albion, Neb.; and Mrs. Ethel Shapland of Richmond, Virginia. Also there are fourteen grandchildren and a large circle of friends and acquaintances.
Funeral was held in the M.E. church of Olin, Saturday afternoon December 22, 1923, conducted by the pastor, Rev. James Baltz. The songs of the service were sung by Mrs. Louis Rohwedder, Mrs. Jay McCormick, A. B. Dahl, and Guy Macomber. A large number of relatives and neighbors was present to pay the last tribute of love to the departed. At the close of the services the body was interred in the Olin cemetery.
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