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Karl E. Woods, 57, of Paonia, Colo., formerly of the Pocahontas area, died Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2002, at St. Mary's Hospital in Grand Junction, Colo.
He was born March 22, 1945, in Valparaiso, Fla., son of A. Robert and Jeanne Taylor Woods. He and Mary Maxine Foy were married Aug. 6, 1966.
Woods attended Cornell University. He then served with the U.S. Navy in Vietnam. He earned a Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and other numerous honors, and sang in the Blue Jackets Choir.
He then secured a land donation upon which to build a volunteer fire department at Pocahontas.
Woods served as commanding officer of the JB Stockdale Division in Syracuse, N.Y., before becoming regional director of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps for the Northeastern United States. He was also a commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America.
After working at Procter and Gamble 25 years, he moved to western Colorado and became a real estate agent. He was a member of American Legion, Purple Heart Society, U.S. Navy League, and served as regional director of the Sea Cadet Corps of the Western United States.
Survivors include his wife; a daughter, Kristin Smith of Delta, Colo.; two sons, Challan Woods of Centennial, Colo., Chad Williams of Grand Junction; his parents of Aurora, Colo.; two brothers, Doug Woods of Ontario, Canada, David Woods of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters, Susan Woods of Apache Junction, Ariz., Betsy Gonyea of Minneapolis, Minn.; and three grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son.
Friends may call at the family home at 1 p.m. Nov. 2.
There will be no funeral.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory in Delta is in charge of arrangements.