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Claud Churchill Woodring

Claud Churchill Woodring, affectionatley known as Gus, age 91, of Metamora, Ohio, passed away peacefully in his home, Tuesday morning, May 17, 2016, surrounded by his loving family. He was born December 13, 1924 in Berkey, Ohio to Fay Elmer and Mary Elizabeth (Churchill) Woodring. Claud proudly served in the United States Army during WWII and was recipient of the Purple Heart. On October 1, 1949, he married his beloved wife, Joyce Sporleder, and she preceded him in death in 2001.

Claud was a self-employed owner/operator of Woodring Chevrolet in Metamora for many years, retiring in 1990. He was very active in the community serving as village councilman and as a volunteer fireman on the Metamora-Amboy Fire Department for 50 years, holding the rank of Fire Chief for 15 years. He was also a member of the Metamora United Methodist Church, Lyons VFW Post # 7574, the DAV, and was a Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader.

Claud is survived by his children, Richard (Betsy Jo) Woodring, Joseph (Sue) Woodring, Karen (Rick) Meiring, Lisa (Joe) Creque and Todd (Anna) Woodring; 9 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; and sister, Harriett Loar.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Joyce; brother, Cleon.

Claud's family extends a heartfelt thank you to his hospice nurse, Colleen, for the wonderful compassionate care she provided him in the final weeks of his life.

Claud's body will lie in state at the Metamora-Amboy Fire Hall on Friday, May 27, 2016, where visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. A Last Alarm Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Services will be held in the fire hall on Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Tyler Kleeberger officiating. Military Rites will immediately follow the service and interment at Amboy Township Cemetery will be private.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Northwest Ohio, Meals-on-Wheels, or Metamora-Amboy Fire Department.

Residence: Metamora, Ohio

Visitation: Friday, May 27th from 2 to 8 pm at the Metamora-Amboy Fire Hall

Funeral Service: Saturday, May 28th at 11:00 am

Private Interment: Amboy Township Cemetery

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I'm very sorry for your loss of your dad. He was an awesome guy.

Jim Lumbrezer May 28 2016 12:00 AM

Karen & Rick --Deepest sympathy to you and your family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the rest of the families. Will always remember the fun times especially bowling against your Dads' team (aka-the little blue pill) Love and Hugs

Steve and Barb Bettinger May 27 2016 12:00 AM

Dear Woodring family, Though we know heaven has welcomed a very special person, Claud Churchill Woodring, our hearts still feel the loss and sorrow. With sympathy, The Lavers

John W. and Carla Laver May 26 2016 12:00 AM

My heart is full of sympathy, as well as thanksgiving, as I think of Claud and my cousin Joyce. I was very happy for my friend and cousin when she and Claud married. He was a great guy, giving of himself to his family, his community and his country.

Marilyn Loar MallottD May 22 2016 12:00 AM

Rick, Karen,Todd& Anna: so sorry to hear of your dad' s passing. Always enjoyed seeing him and your mom at the ball games YEARS ago. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.C

The Joe Spenthoff family May 21 2016 12:00 AM

Sending our deepest sympathy to Claud's entire family. Keeping you in our prayers.

Harry and Aggie Miller May 20 2016 12:00 AM

You were a good man Mr. Woodring!! You will be missed. I have wonderful memories of your garage as a youth. You must have personally helped me fix my bike tire, or chain 10 times before I was ten years old. Thank you for guiding us through life in so many ways. I'm sure God is with you now. Our hearts go out to those you left behind. Their loss is our loss. Our prayers are with you.

Bob & Nancy Mossing May 20 2016 12:00 AM

🇺🇸 CLAUDE was a TRUE HERO to His Family, Our Country, and His Community. 🇺🇸 His life reflects service to others. These memories will live on, along with His Great Love for His Family! Our Sincere Sympathy and Prayers to His Entire Family. Dave and Joanie

David and Joan Miller May 19 2016 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on the passing of Claud--a wonderful family man, community leader, mentor, and .a man dedicated to his community and country. I will also cherish his counsel before I left for Vietnam. I will always remember his emceeing of Memorial Day ceremonies at Amboy and the tributes he paid to those who served and those who manned the home front. Thank you Claud, and thanks to Rick, Joe, Karen, Lisa and Todd for sharing your dad with our hometown community, as a soldier, a fireman, business leader, and volunteer. Rest in Peace. lnever forget his counsel

David and Susan Simon May 19 2016 12:00 AM

Worked with Claud in the Fulton County Emergency Management with John Richards. My prayers to the family.

David A Coulter May 18 2016 12:00 AM

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