Harvey Lee Woods

Harvey Lee Woods, 70, of Shawnee, KS passed away at home on June 11, 2018. He was born in Sedalia, MO on February 25, 1948 to William and Irene Woods. His parents moved the family to Independence, MO in his youth, wherein Harvey had the fortune of being a neighborhood paperboy to former President Harry S. Truman. Harvey would later graduate from Truman High School in 1966. He enrolled in college at Southwest Missouri State (now Missouri State University) but left soon after to enlist in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War, serving four years active duty and two years reserve. He eventually met and then married Gwen Thelen (Woods) on July 20, 1985. They began their life together in Shawnee, KS. Harvey was a diligent worker who took pride in supporting his family through his employment at Cargill, Continental Grain, and Superior Volvo. Harvey was also a sport enthusiast who enjoyed cheering on his children in their athletic pursuits, as well as watching and yelling for and at Kansas City sports teams. He cherished time with family, spending time outdoors, mastering grilling techniques, and sharing his thoughts on current sociopolitical topics. Known as a tough young man with a playful sense of humor in his early years, he matured into a kind and compassionate grandfather who was lovingly nicknamed “Ha-Ha” by his granddaughter, Izabella. He is survived by his wife (Gwen), son (Brett) and daughter-in-law (Ellen), step-daughter (Kristin) and son-in-law (Brent), mother (Irene), two brothers (Mike & Kenny), two grandchildren (Izabella & Isaiah), and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father.

Celebration of Life

Visitation at Amos Family Funeral Home (Shawnee, KS) on Friday, June 15, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm with a celebration of life ceremony to begin at 7:00pm.

Memorial Contributions

The family requests that in place of sending flowers for the celebration of life that you consider donating to the Cancer Research Institute in Harvey’s memory (https://www.cancerresearch.org/). 


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7 Comments on “Harvey Lee Woods”

  1. Vicky Boyle Says:

    He faught the hard fight and I know it was all for his family he so treasured. He will be greatly missed. My heartfelt love to you all.

  2. Judy Canfield McGee Says:

    Harv was a great guy and I’m so sorry for your loss. He will be remembered fondly.

  3. Mary Smith Says:

    I am thinking of you all and will always have a smile when I think of Harv and the pride he had as he watched Brett at all his games cheering him on. Prayers for strength and peace Love Mary

  4. Kaye Frisbie Says:

    Prayers for Peace and Comfort for the entire family!

  5. Steve Soulis Says:

    I was fortunate enough to work with Harvey for several years at Superior Volvo he took care of all of us listen to all of our complaints listen to all of our happy times he was like everyone’s best friend unless you had a bad attitude he didn’t have time for any of that great guy one in a million he will truly be missed..so sorry for the family’s loss.

  6. Arlene Pittman Says:

    Gwen, I’m so very sorry for your loss. May you and your family find peace and comfort in the memories you share!

  7. Pam Garrett Says:

    Gwen, I am so sorry that I was unable to attend the celebration of Harvey’s life. Please know you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you again for all you did for mom and Dad. You were wonderful neighbors. Miss you bery much. God bless. Mom sends her condolences love and prayers.

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