John David Woods, 57, of La Crosse, died Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, after a 2 1/2-year battle with cancer.
He was born March 20, 1961, in Clearwater to Marleene (Mourning) Woods.
He was raised a country boy who became devoted to farm work at an early age, tending the farm at dawn, attending school and returning home to continue his chores. He attended elementary school in Garden City Kansas, then moved to McCracken in junior High and then to Rush Center. He graduated from La Crosse High School in 1979.
On Oct. 29, 1983, he married Carolyn Kline. John was her high school sweetheart.
He devoted his life to caring for his family and his love for driving and dispatching trucks. He recently worked for Miller Trucking in La Crosse. He was a self-proclaimed workaholic, but spent most of the last few years enjoying time with his children and one grandchild. He also loved the mountains.
He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Woods of La Crosse; four children, Samantha Kelly and husband, Michael, of Westminster, Colo., Christopher Woods of Wichita, David Woods of Wichita Falls, Texas, and Sabrina Woods of Hays; one grandchild, Harvey Kelly of Westminster; his mother, Marleene Woods of Clearwater; and one sister, Tammie Keen, and husband, Tim, of Terre Haute, Ind.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Toy Ann Woods; grandfather, John Mourning, Jr.; and grandmother, Irene (Jones) Mourning.
Funeral service will be 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, La Crosse, with Father Eric Gyamfi and Father Edmond Kline officiating. Interment will be in the La Crosse City Cemetery.
Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Janousek Funeral Home, La Crosse, with the family receiving friends from 6 to 7 p.m. A vigil service and rosary will be held at 7 p.m.
Church visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. Saturday, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, La Crosse.
In lieu of flowers or plants, the family request memorials to the John David Woods Memorial Fund.
Condolences or remembrances may be left for the family at www.charterfunerals.com/locations/janousek-lacrosse.php.