Beman E. Woods, 92, of Hagerman, passed away on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Bennett Hills Assisted Care in Gooding.
Beman was born on November 16, 1927 in Balsa, California, the son of Joseph and Thelma Woods.
Beman and his family moved to King Hill, Idaho when he was a young child. He was raised in the King Hill Basin and attended and graduated from King Hill schools. While in high school Beman was very active in sports.
Beman met his wife – Eleanor “Dee” in King Hill. They were married on December 13, 1947 in Pocatello, Idaho. This marriage was blessed with three children – Linda Marie Perkins, Terry Lynn Woods and Joelene Waitley.
When Beman and Dee were first married, Beman worked for Boise Payette in Glenns Ferry. Later he went into the construction field as an iron worker. He retired from Hanford – in the Washington Tri-Cities area as a rigging specialist. Beman and Dee then moved to Hagerman Valley to enjoy family, hunting, fishing, wood working and each other.
He is survived by: his daughter – Joelene (Mike) Waitley of Hagerman; his twin brothers – Joe (Joan) Woods of Nampa and John (Marilyn) Woods of Blackfoot; sister-in-law – Peggy (Rocky) Watkins of Glenns Ferry; brother-in-law – Mike Brown of Glenns Ferry; seven grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his wife – Eleanor; his daughter – Linda; his son – Terry; his parents; two brothers and one sister.
I love you Dad and will miss you every day.
A graveside memorial service will be held on Friday, November 22, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Hagerman Cemetery in Hagerman.
Funeral and cremation arrangements are under the care and direction of Demaray Funeral Service – Gooding Chapel.
A Tribute ~ Written by Terry Waitley
We are gathered here today to remember and celebrate a great man. A man that meant and means a lot to a lot of people. I always called him gramps, some called him grandpa, dad, uncle or brother. Beman Edward Woods passed on his 92 birthday, just in time to join granny for a party and some jitterbugging.
Gramps was a humble, loving, strong, resilient, and very capable man. He loved and always put his family first, especially his Elanore Dee.
As I thought about writing this I wasn’t sure how to do it. I was mostly afraid that I wouldn’t be capable of honoring him as he should be honored. Then I thought about all the time I was able to spend with him and all he taught me as he did his own children and other grandchildren. Do your best that will be ok.
He was the rock, the foundation upon which this family was built.
I have many memories some that stand out more than others. When I was a very young boy, I had the privilege of going to stay with him and grandma along with my cousins for a couple of weeks each summer. One summer he asked Beman, Tara and I what we wanted most. Of course, Beman and I settled on a race car, but Tara wanted a horse. The Horse it was and taught all of us many lessons. I am sure after giving Beman and I a driving lesson in Oregon he is glad he chose horse instead of racecar.
Gramps was one of the finest athletes in the state of Idaho when he was a young man, even being chosen to participate in the very first all-star Idaho football game and being offered an opportunity to play college football. He always encouraged all of his family to take advantage of all opportunities to be a part of athletics. I think my brother and I bonded most with my grandpa with a love of competing in and watching Sports. Gramps refereed basketball, he watched and helped Beman and Tara in pop warner football, he enjoyed watching Tara compete in softball and volleyball, beman in wrestling, and Chris and I in football. I remember my brother’s senior year in Football, they were defending state champs and on their way to a repeat. My grandpa and grandma made almost every one of his games, which also included and early morning breakfast for him and Chris. He always supported and was proud of all his family. And was always there to help when needed.
Grandpa was a hard-working man, that enjoyed his jobs, He was very proud of the fact that he was an iron worker in his younger days, and that he became so good at designed riggings for cranes that after he retired they would fly him in to help with big picks.
Grandpa enjoyed hunting and fishing, the story of his first elk is a great, when Chris got to him after he had shot his elk, Chris asked him how many times did you shoot gramps answered not sure just kept shooting until he wasn’t running anymore like your dad told me to. He always had a remarkable yard and garden (where I learned to eat gooseberries and tomatoes right out of the garden. He was a skilled craftsman as most you know because we all have mazing works of wood art that Grandpa and Grandma created for each of us.
I think what I will remember most is that my young daughter Tyelar was able to build a relationship with such a great man. She will have good memories of teasing him and particularly playing balloon volleyball with him.
In closing I find that I could go on and on about what a great man, father, husband, uncle grandfather and great grandfather he was. He was the rock of our family and will be greatly missed by all. I am sure he was welcomed with by grandma, and Uncle Terry and Aunt Linda, and they are having a great reunion.
I am struggling with the closing could definitely use your help.
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