In Memory of

Ronald William Woods

April 8, 1952 - November 26, 2020
From: Emmetsburg, IA
Ronald William Woods

Ronald William Woods

Born: April 8, 1952
Died: November 26, 2020
Age: 68

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     Ron Woods passed away on Thanksgiving morning, November 26, 2020 at the age of 68. His death was the result of complications stemming from COVID-19. Ron was born April 8, 1952 to his parents Bob and Patt Woods in Spencer, Iowa. Ron spent the majority of his adult life living in Emmetsburg, Iowa at the 15th Street group home, part of the Horizons Unlimited organization. Despite his lifelong mental disabilities, Ron was able to thrive in that environment and became a valued member of the community.

     Ron loved the Clay County Fair, especially the tractor pull, which simply couldn’t be missed each year. Ron also enjoyed going to the Thursday night car races in Algona in the summer especially when accompanied by stops at the Pizza Hut and Dairy Queen.

     Ron was preceded in death by both of his parents and is survived by his siblings, Anne and Michael.

The family would like to thank the Horizons Unlimited staff that provided Ron a safe and loving living environment. The family also would like to thank Dr. Jason Patton, the healthcare staff of Palo Alto County Hospital and Hospice staff of Palo Alto County who risked their lives trying to help Ron.

Memorial contributions can be made to Horizons Unlimited, 2107 Main Street, P.O. Box 567, Emmetsburg, IA 50536.

Private family services will be held at a later date.


Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:33 AM
“Our sincere condolences, Mike and Anne. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.”
- Steve and Jenny Rindsig
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 1:21 PM
“Anne, What a great tribute to your brother! I have often thought of him and wondered how and where he was living. I have very sweet memories of being in Kindergarten with him. He was my sweet friend! Hugs!!! Jane”
- Jane Kirkwood Anema
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 11:46 AM
“Anne, I never knew Ron but I do know how hard it is to lose a sibling. I lost my brother to cancer about 5 yrs ago. I miss him everyday. I'll pray the Lord will wrap him arms around you to comfort you and family.
- Janet Gray Galm
Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 9:40 AM
“I knew Ron from when I worked at horizons while in college. He was a gentle man who was very caring. If I ever needed help doing something he was always the first to wanna help with a smile on his face. ”
- Amanda
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 7:50 AM
“Enjoyed the visit each Thursday he always made sure we picked up the right bags for garbage and we always talked racing enjoyed his visit to our race shop and his wave when I went by on way home at noon & 4 ”
- tim sidles
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 4:04 PM
“RIP Ron woods I will miss you in day hab”
- Lauren ketelsen
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:16 PM
“Annie - I am so sorry for your loss. It is so difficult to lose our siblings. Ronnie was a gentle giant and truly a kind man. I am glad to gave known him. ”
- Deb Norris
Monday, November 30, 2020 at 2:16 PM
“Michael and Anne. We are so sorry hearing of Ronnie's passing. It was always a pleasure to visit with him and your Mom when he was at her house. Michael, Ronnie and your Mom were so proud of the way you looked after him. God bless you and hold tight to the many memories!!”
- Mark Nemmers
Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 3:28 PM
“Sincere sympathy to Ron's family and friends. He never failed to say hello when we would meet at Horizon's and I always loved his deep voice. He will be missed by so many.”
- Lou Ann & Larry Huberty
Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM
“Ron ..will miss your friendly wave when I would go by after leaving work at Lawler Street Apartments. RIP Nancy Gibson”
- nancy gibson
Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM
“I drove the bus that transported Ron to and from the workshop for several years. He was a gentle soul that really enjoyed the races in Algona. He loved his fellow man and will be missed by all that knew him. You have my sympathy.”
- Dennis Faber
Friday, November 27, 2020 at 11:22 PM
“Anne and Mike, we're so sorry for your loss. ”
- Chuck and Teresa Mohr
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