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Woody ShiltsMr. Willard W. âWoodyâ Shilts, Jr, 71, of Richmond, passed away on Tuesday, June 14 at Reid Health.
He was born in Wayne County, Indiana on October 25, 1944 to Willard W., Sr. and Mary Ann Revalee Shilts. He attended Jefferson High School in New Paris. He was united in marriage to Joyce Brantley on October 12, 1963 and was blessed with two sons and two daughters.
Woody was a faithful member of the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene, where he performed many duties in the service of his Lord and the congregation, and was a recipient of the churchâs Distinguished Service Award. He enjoyed watching and supporting his childrenâs and grandchildrenâs activities in church, sports, band and 4-H and touched the lives of countless youth along the way. He coached numerous sports teams over the years including the Northeastern Elementary School 5th and 6th grade boys travel basketball teams. He was a School Pal at Randolph Southern Elementary School. His love of woodworking resulted in many unique gifts and heirlooms for friends and family. He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was a member of Motorcyclists For Jesus MC and the Gold Wing Riders Association. He was blessed to be a cancer survivor and remained active in Relay For Life right to the end. He was also a regular blood donor.
Woody will be missed by his wife of 52 years, Joyce; daughters, Nancy Frame-Butcher (Randy) and Amy Nicholson; sons, Will Shilts and Doug (Ellen) Shilts; grandchildren, Kent Shilts, Elizabeth Shilts, Reuben Frame, Samantha Frame, Jordyn Nicholson, Nilah White, Gustavo White, Sarah Butcher and Rosalie Butcher; great-grandson, Alexander Butcher; brother, David Shilts and several nieces & nephews.
Woody was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Mary Marlene Cordell and Linda Landis; and brother, Bill Shilts.
Pastor Stephen Deese will conduct a memorial ceremony at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18 at the Williamsburg Church of the Nazarene, 8503 Pleasant Street, in Williamsburg.
Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the church.
Memorial contributions are encouraged to the Williamsburg Nazarene Church, PO Box 707, Williamsburg, IN 47393.
Joyce and family,
Sorry for your great loss, Woody was a great Father, Grandfather and mentor-coach. He coached my son Aaron in basketball in 5th & 6th grade. Rob Johnson
Rob Johnson Jun 23 2016 12:00 AM
I would like to express my condolence to the Shilts family. Mr. Woody Shilts was a fine man who cared very deeply about his family and students at Northeastern. I always enjoyed talking to him & watching him coach the basketball teams. I thoroughly enjoyed having the children in elementary school. They were a great asset to the music shows. Thank you very much!
Tom Walker Jun 22 2016 12:00 AM
Elizabeth, I am sorry for your loss. May the fond memories of your grandfather help to ease the sadness you feel. Take care and let me know if they is anything I can do.
Jack Haggenjos Jun 20 2016 12:00 AM
Nancy and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bring you peace and understanding at this time.
ann kuehn Jun 18 2016 12:00 AM
Thoughts and prayers to Joyce and all the family. Keep the memories close to your hearts and he will always be with you. May God's arms surround you in the days ahead.
Judy & Frank Henn & family Jun 17 2016 12:00 AM
Doug and Nancy - our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family for the passing of your father.
Robert Rhoads Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM
Thinking of you and want you to know we care.
Bob & Faye Walls Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM
Woody was a great friend and a good man of God. He will be missed until we meet again on that beautiful shore.
Dave and Audrey Bowlby Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM
Willard and Family - So sorry to hear of the loss of your Dad. My deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family. It is rough. I, also, lost my dad not very long ago on May 2, 2016. You will be in my thoughts. - Lisa Railsback Phelps
Lisa Railsback Phelps Jun 16 2016 12:00 AM
We want to give our condolence to the Shilts family He was a great guy and will be missed May the lord stand beside you and comfort your family in this sad time
Wayne Elliott & Marcia Bright Jun 15 2016 12:00 AM