Ransom B. Woods Jr.
Chaplain and Col. Ransom Bliss “Bud” Woods Jr., Ph.D. (Ret.), passed away in his sleep on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008.
He spent his life with his best friend and wife, Justine. For more than 63 years they traveled the world, with 30 of those years serving in the U.S. Air Force.
Bud was born in Rio, Ill., on March 16, 1921, and raised in Chicago. In 1940 at 19 years old, he was ordained as a Baptist preacher. In 1945 serving in the U.S. Army Air Corp in Vienna, Austria, and holding church services for the Army troops, he met Justine, and they were married in Linz, Austria. They moved every three years with the Air Force to such exotic places as Alaska, Minnesota, New Jersey, England, Germany, Texas and Hawaii, raising three children and finally settling down in Aspen in 1975.
Bud retired from the Air Force as PACAF Chief of Chaplains and served his country in three wars (World War II, Korea and Vietnam). He received 14 awards and decorations as well as the Legion of Merit upon his retirement.
Bud is remembered as a guest preacher in Aspen and Snowmass Village at Christ Episcopal Church, Aspen Community Church and Snowmass Chapel, and served on the Board of Trustees at Iliff School of Theology in Denver.
Bud was known for his love of fellowship, whether it was with the Aspen Rotary Club or on the ski slopes, golf course, tennis and squash courts and bridge table. He was passionate about his horseback rides with the Remuda Desert Caballeros in Wickenberg, Ariz. Bud will be remembered for his bushy eyebrows and his passion for red apparel. Bud was always a great singer but his favorite song was the Hawaiian Wedding song, which he and Justine would sing quite often during their last 30 years living in Hawaii. He will be sorely missed by those who knew him.
He is survived by his son, Ransom B. Woods III and wife Jeanne, daughter Lynn Severin and her husband, Brian, six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
There will be a memorial service for Bud on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, at the Snowmass Chapel at 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made in his name to the Snowmass Chapel, with a memo reference “Chapel Manse,” P.O. Box 17169, Snowmass Village, CO 81615 (www.snowmasschapel.org).
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