Dennis J. Woods


Dennis J. Woods, age 74, of Nerstrand, MN, passed away May 30, 2024, at his home following an extended illness.

Dennis John was born on April 26, 1950, in Faribault, MN, the son of Francis and Belva (Kenow) Woods. He graduated from Faribault High School. Dennis was married to Cynthia Ludwig on July 3, 1982, at the St. Lawrence Catholic Church in Faribault. Dennis proudly served in the U.S. National Guard for six years. After his military service, he dedicated 28 years working at the Faribault Woolen Mills, and another 12 years at St. Olaf College. He was an avid outdoorsman, enjoyed trips to Hawaii, gardening, and later in life going to auctions, estate sales, and casino trips. Dennis was known for his funny and witty personality and enjoyed teasing everyone.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Woods; daughters, Jamie Thompson (spouse, Jordan), and Molly Woods (spouse, Aaron Ray); five grandchildren, Josie, Jack, and Jedd Thompson, and Bernard and Fox Ray, sisters, Terri Murari (spouse Vivek), and Nancy Andersen (spouse, Phillip); and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Francis and Belva; and brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Eva Woods.

Private family services were held. Interment was at the Valley Grove Cemetery in Wheeling Township, Rice County.