Virgil "Jim" Woods, 82, of Henry died at 1:10 a.m. Oct. 17, 2009, in his residence.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in First Presbyterian Church, Henry. The Rev. Gavin H. Finefield will officiate. Graveside services will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Glendale Cemetery, Pekin.

Visitation will be 4-7 p.m. today in Calvert & Johnson Memorial Home, Henry, and for one hour prior to services Tuesday in the church.

Mr. Woods was born July 16, 1925, in Manito to Virgil A. and Lula (Wooding) Woods. He married Mar-ilynn L. Miller Keim on June 22, 1972.

He had been in the insurance industry since 1963, opening Woods Insurance in 1980. He retired in 2008.

He joined Henry Optimist Club (later, Henry Community Club) in 1976, became its president 1978-1990, and subsequently became its treasurer. He had served on the board of directors and continued serving as president of the board of MSW Projects until his recent illness. He became a director on Henry Ambulance Service in 1978, serving on the board for 12 years, and then as president for an additional 15 years until he resigned in 2005. He also served as director for Marshall-Putnam Fair Association. In 1991, he received the Community Award from Henry Rotary Club, and in 1998 he received the Community Leader of the Year Award from the Henry Chamber of Commerce. He was a regular blood donor, having achieved his 25-gallon pin.

He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Henry.

Survivors are his wife; eight sons, James (Debbie) Woods, Michael (Lois) Woods, Richard (Linda) Woods, Steven (Sandi) Woods, Vernon (Sandy) Woods, D. David (Pat) Keim, Richard (Angie) Keim, and Martin Keim; three daughters, Carolyn (Matt Beal) Woods, Betty (Robert) Russell and LuAnn (David) Sopiars; 25 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, William (Yoskiho) Woods and Ivan (Lucy) Woods; and one sister, Mary Lou (Joseph) Gardner.

He was preceded in death by one son, two brothers and a granddaughter.

Memorials may be directed to the donor's choice.
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