IN MEMORIAM: Machinists Lodge 777 Recording Secretary Steve Woods

Machinists Automotive Lodge 777 Recording Secretary Steve Woods died Oct. 30 after being involved in a fatal rollover car accident.

Brother Woods was a 34-year member of Lodge 777. He initiated with the union on July 20, 1988. He worked at Weber Chevrolet from June 1988 to November 1996, and Suntrup Buick GMC from November 1996 until he retired in July 2022. He served as conductor/sentinel with Lodge 777 before assuming the duties of recording secretary.

Brother Woods was born on Feb. 1, 1958 in St. Louis, Mo., the son of James A. and Patricia (O’Laughlin) Woods. He was united in marriage on July 26, 1986 in St. Charles, Mo. to Janet Hinch.

A 1976 graduate of Hazelwood East High School, Brother Woods went on to become a Certified Master ASE Mechanic. He was a Harley Davidson rider and faithful attendee of Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, S.D. since 1980, where he was a beloved member of a large group at Kemps Kamp. He was the secretary/treasurer of the Low Rollerz Car Club and started his car-showing hobby with a 1986 Monte Carlo SS. Brother Woods enjoyed working on cars and was a very passionate animal enthusiast.

Most of all, he was loved by his family and a large group of friends.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Woods, of Winfield, Mo.; his son, Shawn Woods, of O’Fallon, Mo.; two sisters: Kelly (Mark) Rogers, of Imperial, Mo. and Cindy (Al) Grosch, of St. Charles, Mo.; two grandsons, cousins, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A celebration of life was held Nov. 5 at Kemper-Keim Family Funeral Chapel 351 Monroe Street, Troy, MO 63379.

Expressions of sympathy may be made to Guide Dogs of America, in care of Kemper-Keim Family Funeral Chapel P.O. Box 222 Troy, MO 63379.

Online condolences may be made at Phone: 636-528-8221.

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  • The hardest working man I ever knew. IF It had wheels or engine he could fix it. Smartest most mechanically inclined man ever.He loved the open road on two wheels. Miss u more than you’ll ever know u were my hero.


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