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Elmer I. "Bud" Woodruff, 76, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, August 21, at Reid Hospital.
Bud was born May 23, 1933 on the farm on Wallace Road to Charles Elmer and Pearl Edna Thompson Woodruff. Bud graduated from Fountain City High School in 1951 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55. He married the former Lois Jean Christian on July 19, 1953. They raised 4 children and shared 56 years together.
Bud formerly worked for Dunham Lear, NATCO, AVCO and Moto-Mower. He farmed most of his life and built and campaigned pulling tractors around the country. He was a member of the Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church in Richmond, member and former board member of the Richmond Conservation Club, the National Radio-Controlled Truck Pulling Association and the National Rifle Association.
Bud will be missed by his wife, Lois; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Mike Frame, Fountain City; sons and daughter-in-law, Gary and Joan Woodruff and Mark and Theresa Woodruff, all of Fountain City; son-in-law, Mike Sanders, Fountain City; 10 grandchildren, Ethan Woodruff, Aaron Woodruff, Elaine Smith, Steven Frame, Stephanie Frame, Cody Woodruff, Courtney Woodruff, Justin Sanders, Jason Sanders and Shawna Neer; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, daughter Sharon Sanders and sister, Mary Frances Thompson.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Alan Henderson at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery, with military rites conducted by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, August 25, at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Faith-Trinity United Methodist Church, 2900 West Main Street, Richmond, IN 47374, or the Richmond Conservation Club.
Lois and Mark -
My prayers and love are with you at this difficult time. May God bless you both and your entire family.
Bud will be missed by all.
Candace Bowling Aug 26 2009 12:00 AM
We are so sorry to hear of the death of your dad Diane, and grandpa Steven and Stephanie. Our prayers are with you. Wish we could be there in person. Eric is still across the street from the funeral home, feel free to walk over and I'm sure he wouldn't mind if you need to 'get away' during the calling and sit in the backyard patio for some peace and quiet.
Randy and Kim Davis Aug 25 2009 12:00 AM
Sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.
Kelly Ramsey Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
Lois and family: So sorry to hear of your loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Sharon "Cheek" Lilly. (Bob Cheek's youngest daughter)
Sharon "Cheek" Lilly Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear about Bud. He had a big heart. He told me once that his two favorite styles of music were classical symphony, and jug band music. My prayers are with you and your family.
Randy Baker Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
lois i wanted to tell you how much i enjoyed bud since i have been at forest park. i know that he had to be an amazing husband and father. he talked often of his family and his grandkids to me. he told me about when you two got married and he was in the service..i know he would look back and say he had a good life.
kathy holbert Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
Lois and family, my heart goes out to all of you and I know words fail to express what a deep loss and aloneness you must be feeling. Know that you are in my prayers and comfort yourselves that without any doubt, Bud is with our risen Lord. Our lives here are meant to be only temporary, and one day we will all be joined together again for eternity with no more pain or sorrow.
Jane McDugle Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
So sorry to hear of your loss. Our family shares your sorrow.
Norma (Himelick) Wright Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
Diane and family, May you feel the comfort of the Lord in the presents of friends and family during this time.
Mindy Jordan Aug 24 2009 12:00 AM
So sorry to read of Bud's passing. We will keep you all in our prayers as you go through this difficult time.
Randy, Pam, Lindsay and Troy Bane Aug 22 2009 12:00 AM