Glenn R. Woods

Glenn R. Woods

Glenn R. Woods passed away due to complications from pneumonia on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2021.

Glenn lived a full life of 84 years. He is survived by the love of his life, Janet Woods. Janet and Glenn were married for 65 years and shared the truest of loves. 

He was preceded in death by his great-granddaughter, Adelynn Dieckman; his brothers, Lawrence Woods, Donald Woods; and his sisters, Fae Jaco and Janet Bowers. 

He is survived by children Paula Ehorn of St. Charles, Ill., and Allen Woods of Dallas, Texas.

Glenn was a dedicated grandpa to his five grandchildren, Matthew (Gia) Ehorn, Angelyn (Conar) Dieckman, Courtney (Matthew) and Kristina Woods(Christopher). He was also a proud great-grandpa to Joscelyn Dieckman, Camden Dieckman, Keaton Dieckman, Susannah Barcus, Bennett Barcus and Andrew Ehorn. 

He will always be fondly remembered for his giant bear hugs, huge smile, stubbornness and for his famous saying “bushel and a peck and a hug around the neck”.

Glenn was born on April 19, 1936, in Anna. He was one of 10 children. 

He met and married his one true love, Janet, in April of 1955. They soon moved to Elgin, Ill., where they would create a life together for 65 years. 

Glenn started painting street sweepers and then, because of his love of old cars and trucks, extended his career of painting vehicles for over 50 years. He would often dream of painting even when his 8-5 day was over. 

Glenn was a people lover and would strike up a conversation with anyone. He made friends wherever he went. He touched and changed many people’s lives just by knowing him. As a beautiful life comes to a happy end, he died as he lived, everyone’s friend. 

Glenn had many hobbies, including finding a good bargain at a garage sale or local flea markets, where he found many antique treasures. Glenn was skilled in the art of making the best deal on ANYTHING that he had to purchase. He never paid full price. 

Another one of Glenn’s hobbies was coin collecting. There was never a proof set that did not catch his eye. 

He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Sycamore, but due to living at DeKalb Nursing Home the past five years, was unable to attend church services. However, he attended church services weekly at the nursing home with a humble serving heart.

His family said that while   words cannot describe the void that his passing will have on them, they know that he is in a better place and they will see him again. 

 “That man is a success – who has lived well, laughed often and loved much, who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of children, who has filled his niche and accomplished his task. who leaves the world better than he found it, who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it, who looked for the best in others and gave the best he had.” – Unknown.

A memorial service was held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at Anderson Funeral Home in DeKalb, with the Rev. Steve Persson of First Baptist Church and the Rev. Kevin Spears of DeKalb County Nursing Home officiating.

Memorials can be made to the Michael J Fox Foundation, in memory of Glenn R. Woods, in care of Anderson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 605, 2011 S. Fourth St., DeKalb, Ill. 60115.

The Gazette-Democrat

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