Harold Woods, 93-year-old Fargo resident, died Saturday, Sept. 29, 2007 at the Harper County Community Hospital in Buffalo. Services will be Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2007 at 10 a.m. in the Fargo United Methodist Church. The Rev. Aaron Martin will officiate. Interment will follow in the Fargo Cemetery under the direction of Johnson's Good Samaritan Funeral Service of Woodward.
Harold Okla Woods was born on Aug. 16, 1914 on the family farm north of Arnett. He was the sixth son of Fred Asa and Anna May (Bondurant) Woods. Harold grew up on the family farm and graduated from Arnett High School in 1932. The fall of that year he attended college at Alva, Okla. where he obtained a teaching certificate. Harold taught grade school at Eddy, Beum, Stone and at Tangier. While teaching at Eddy he meet Ethel Francis Morehart and they were married March 24, 1934. The young couple made their first home in the Turkey Creek area near Camargo, later moving to the Gerlach farm and then to the nearby ranch of United States Senator Josh Lee. Harold became the foreman and manager of the Lee Ranch from 1941 to 1944. In 1945 they moved to Tangier where they lived until 1946, at this time they purchased their farm north of Fargo which has remained the family home throughout the years. Harold and Jackie, as she was affectionately called, were blessed with four daughters.
Jackie died on May 22, 1978. Harold was then married to Velda Lorene Lansdown on Jan. 1, 1979. Velda preceded Harold in death in 2006.
Harold was a respected member of the Fargo community. He was a member of the Fargo United Methodist Church where he taught the Adult Sunday School Class for many years.
Harold actively participated in various community and school activities. He had served on the Fargo School Board and was a member of the Fargo Cemetery Association. He also belonged to the Cowboy Storytellers of the Western Plains.
Harold enjoyed his ranching, farming and custom hay bailing operations. He also operated a dairy for a number of years and stayed active on his farm until he was 91. He loved singing, traveling, fishing, bird hunting, playing pitch and dominoes. Harold looked forward to family gatherings and playing cards with his brothers.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his two wives, four brothers: Anson, Nelson, Chester and Acy, and one sister, Ada.
Harold is survived by his four daughters and four sons-in-law; Harolene and Bill Pickens of Derby, Kan.; Norma Jean and Jarrell Brewer of Meridian, Idaho; Judy and Donald Ray Jenkins of Gage and Marketa Louise and Don Stevens of Irving, Texas; one stepdaughter, Judy McDaniel and husband Dean of Beaver; two stepsons, Glen Lansdown and wife Judy of Mountain Home, Idaho and Eldon Lansdown and wife Becky of Texhoma; one sister, Sylvia Grantham of Woodward; two brothers and their wives Stacy and Ellen Woods of Cottonwood, Calif., and Ellis and Irma Woods of Gage; one sister-in-law, Betty Latta of Woodward; one brother-in-law, Franklin Morehart of Fargo; 15 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, two great great-grandchildren and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and a host of friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Woods' name to the Fargo United Methodist Church or the charity of your choice with the funeral home accepting the donations.
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