Mount Ayr Record News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, May 02, 2002
OBITUARY - HOWARD RAYMOND "TUFFY" WOOD
Howard Raymond WOOD was born March 20, 1924 at Conway, Iowa to Paul Raymond and Goldie Mae (GREER) WOOD.
Howard, better known as Tuffy to family and friends, moved to Clearfield, Iowa with his family in 1932, graduating from
Clearfield high school in 1942. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in 1943 and served his country until 1946.
In 1944, Tuffy was united in marriage to Mabel Elizabeth GAULE at Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He returned to Clearfield to
work at Duey Elevator until 1957 when he took a position with the post office, first as a clerk and eventually retiring
in 1983 as the postmaster in Clearfield.
Tuffy and Mabel raised their eight children at Clearfield. He was a loving and supportive father and husband. He loved
baseball and football, playing on the first unbeaten football team at Clearfield.
He was a baseball coach to his sons, nephews and many boys of the community. He was known and admired as a patient
coach. He attended sporting events of his children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews; he believed in supporting their
Tuffy played baseball on the Clearfield city team as an adult. He enjoyed traveling, camping, and with Mabel they
traveled south for the winters.
He was a member of the American Legion, Woodside Post #97 in Clearfield and of an association of postmasters.
passed away on April 27, 2002.
Howard was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson Clint Jason WOOD; and his brother-in-law Dean LYDDON.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife Mabel of Clearfield; eight children: Jim and wife Kathy of Colfax,
Iowa, Jerry of Clinton, Iowa, Mary MAINS and husband Grover of Clearfield, Jeff and wife Cathy of Lenox, Iowa, Linda
BRAMMER and husband Al of Clearfield, John and wife Anita of Colfax, Brad and wife Tammie of Colfax and Lori DANIELSON
and husband Terry of Creston, Iowa; 21 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren; his sister Pauline RICE and husband Don of
Clearfield; nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 30, 2002 at the Christian Church in Clearfield with Reverend Eydie STEPHENS
officiating. Jean HUFFMAN was the organist. Pallbearers were Darin WOOD, Eric WOOD, Jared MAINS, Brian WOOD, Quincy
BRAMMER, Ted COPELAND, Philip WOOD, Andrew WOOD, Aaron BRAMMER, Chris DANIELSON and Kurt DANIELSON.
Military rites were conducted by Woodside Post #97 American Legion.
Tuffy was laid to rest in the Clearfield Cemetery, Clearfield.
Transciption by Sharon R. Becker, March of 2010
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