November 16, 2022

William V. "Woody" Woodruff, 83, of Gillespie, Ill., died at Heritage Health of Gillespie on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2022. He was born July 16, 1939, in Gillespie to Wayne Woodruff and Ellen Heyen Davidson. He married Janice Ward on March 18, 2002, in Memphis, Tenn. She preceded him in death on Oct. 7, 2019.

He was a retired truck driver. William was a member of the of the U.S. Army Reserves. He was a member of the Gillespie Lions Club, Gillespie Bass Club and VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie. He enjoyed the St. Louis Cardinals, fishing, playing cards, riding a bike and drinking a beer.

He is survived by his children, Beth Ann (Larry) Johnson of Osage, Iowa, Jeff Broderick of Los Angeles, Calif .; step-children, Dan Welch of Carlinville, Darren (Cindy) Welch of Gillespie, Gina Corbin of Gillespie, Donna Welch of Staunton; grandchildren, Devynn and Piper Johnson, Dustin (Christine) Welch, Courtney (Isaiah) Law, Misty Fritz, Summer Johnson; five great-grandchildren; and sisters, Sally (Bob) Labby, Mary (Norman) Engelke, and Mary (Tom) Schwab. William was preceded in death by his wife; mother and step-father, Ellen and Bill Davidson; father, Wayne Woodruff; and sister, Barb Welsh.

Friends may call on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at Kravanya Funeral Home in Gillespie from 10 until 11 a.m. Funeral services follow at 11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be at Gillespie Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Alzheimers Association. Condolences may be left online at http://www.kravanyafuneral.com.

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