In Memory

Lonnie Woods - Class Of 1958

Lonnie Woods

Lon Carlyle Woods, 66, of Indianapolis, passed away May 29, 2006. He was born December 17, 1939, Carroll County, IN to the late Robert and V. Vernabelle Richardson Woods. Lon was their only son. He had two sisters; Pamela Sue Clawson of Brookston, IN and Penny Lynn Stuart of Greenwood, IN, both of whom survive him. He attended Pittsburg (Indiana) Elementary School and Delphi Junior and Senior High School, where he participated in football, basketball, track and chorus and met his lifelong sweetheart.
He began his collegiate education at Indiana University, later earning his Bachelor?s and Master?s Degree in Education from Indiana State University. While at Indiana University he was a member of Acacia Fraternity, and often participated in the Little 500 bicycle race.
Lon married Mary Lou Parks of Delphi, IN on June 10, 1962. They both taught school in Terre Haute, IN and Bloomington, IN. Lon later was employed by the Indiana Department of Education. He served on the Governor?s Commission for the Handicapped during the Otis Bowen administration. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence Degree from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Law in August, 1976. He served as commissioner in the Criminal Division of the Marion County Municipal Courts during the 1980?s, and as a commissioner in Marion County Superior Court, Room No. 4, Civil Division, from 1992 through 1996.
Lon was a member of Speedway United Methodist Church, Indiana Historical Society, and a Brother in the Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge, No. 760, in Zionsville, IN. Music was always a big part of his life, including Big Band, Jazz, and Drum and Bugle Corp. An avid sports fan, he particularly enjoyed college football and the Indianapolis 500.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Mary Lou Parks Woods; daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Charles Goff, Jr. of Lebanon, IN ; daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Mark Buckley of Avon, IN; daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Jeffrey Hoffman of Avon, IN, and daughter, Catherine Woods of Indianapolis. Grandchildren include Garrett Thomas, Chloe Marie (deceased), Grant Wesley, Gabriel James and Grayson Charles Goff, Corbin Carlyle, Grace Ann, and Brock Allen Buckley; and Jacob Scott and Jessica Lynne Hoffman. He enjoyed vacationing with his children and grandchildren, participating in their activities and entertaining them in his home.
Visitation with family and friends is scheduled for Thursday, June 1 between the hours of 4 and 8 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel, 740 E. 86th St., Indianapolis, IN. Funeral services are to be held at East 91st Street Christian Church on Friday, June 2 at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Zionsville Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Indiana Historical Society, 450 W. Ohio St., Indianapolis, IN 46202

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09/10/09 01:02 PM #1    

Candy Clawson (Spence) (1986)

Lonnie was a successful lawyer and judge in Indianapolis.

01/26/10 12:12 PM #2    

Reed McCormick (1961)

Lon married Mary Lou Parks. They lived in Indianapolis and raised a wonderful family of four daughters and several grandchildren. His untimely death occurred one day after the Indy 500 on the 29th of May three years ago. I remember it vividly as he was a great friend of mine and that the number 29 was also his football jersey number in high school. I remember the long touchdown run he had when playing his senior year against Crawfordsville. I spoke to his girlfriend (became wife) and said, "I hope Woody runs the ball 80 yards for a touchdown". On the next play he did just that. Lon was a teacher and worked in the Indiana Department of Education in the Special Education section. Later, he attended Law School in Indianapolis and became a very active attorney specializing in Special Education cases in Indiana. I knew him well and I miss him and our frequent conversations.

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