James Robert Woods, (AKA Jim, Bob, Red) Born: July 14, 1938, entered into rest January 17, 2022. Survived by his wife Sandra J (Parini) Woods; his daughter Dana (Joseph) Nickell; Grandchildren Ryan Nickell (Amy Brewer); Kathryn (Jason) Hurley; Great-Grandchildren Monroe and Nolan Hurley; Sister in-law Janet Woods; Brother in-law Salvatore Lococo; Sister in-law Kalleen Parini; uncle; great uncle; great-great uncle & friend to many.
Preceded in death by his Brothers Kenneth (Ila) Woods and John Leroy (Barbara) Woods, his Sisters Dorothy (Jim) Douthitt; Marie Guinn and Clara (Juanita) Lococo; Brother in-law John E. Parini Brother in-law.
James was born and raised in St. Louis Missouri. While in high school he worked at family-owned donut shop; gas station; he was an apprentice butcher at Henry’s. He was in the Army and served in the Korean War – sharpshooter & marksman and worked as a cook.
Employed by AAA (Automobile Club of Missouri) retiring after 39 years of service. He had been retired for nearly 20 years.
He was a dedicated devoted husband, dad, grandpa, great-grandpa (gramps) and friend to everyone he met. Family meant everything to him.
He was known to many as grandpa at Holy Family School in South City and had several adopted grandchildren including his grandchildren’s friends.
He loved working in his yard and puttering around in his garage. If you needed something chances are he most likely had it in a jar or drawer whether it was a nut, bolt, wheel or lawnmower.
He was the life of the party and kid at heart. His granddaughter said it best – If you’ve heard him say, “Over the lips, down the gums, look out stomach, here she comes” you have the special memory of throwing back a shot with him..
He loved spending time at the lake from helping to build a cabin to riding ATVs, boating, swimming, sneaking in a cigar, visiting neighbors, enjoying fireworks, and setting off lanterns for loved ones lost.
If you needed help he was always there. He was always saying, “Do you need a hand?”
He had the most amazing attitude when it came to his disease Till the end, he still replied with, “If I’d be any better, I couldn’t stand it,” when asked how he was doing. He is already so missed.
SERVICES: Memorial visitation at Kutis Affton Chapel 10151 Gravois Road on Saturday, February 12, 1:00 p.m. until Memorial service at 4:00 p.m. Private interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please make donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital; Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; or Evelyn’s House BJC Hospice West County in his honor.