The Lord called Glenwood Lee (Woody) LeGrand home at the age of 97 on February 7, 2019 with family by his side at John Knox Care Center in Lee’s Summit, Missouri.
He joins his wife, Betty (Harris) LeGrand, who preceded him in death on July 18, 2005 after 63 years of marriage where he is surely singing her favorite hymn, Amazing Grace, to her on his beloved guitar.
Woody was born on June 18, 1921 in Herculaneum, Missouri to Ernest and Beulah (Huddleston) LeGrand, who preceded him in death.
He then married Betty on July 25, 1942 where they made their home together for 62 years in Festus, Missouri.
From that marriage grew a happy family who remain here on earth to celebrate his life and include his three children: Randy LeGrand (Dale Berger); Terry (June) LeGrand; Sue Kariker (Dick Summers); seven grandchildren: Chris LeGrand (Mary); Robyn Smith (Don); Carolyn Barnett (Chris Stromsnish); Jackie Burke (Jeff); Kevin LeGrand (Jennifer); Jason Kariker; Brooke Fishel (Derek); as well as 17 great grandchildren and one great, great grandchild.
At the beginning of his marriage he joined the U.S. Army Air Corps and served his country proudly in World War II. Following his service, he spent his career as a maintenance supervisor at PPG industries in Crystal City until his retirement. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Festus/Crystal City and served as a Deacon and chair of the property committee. His favorite activity with the church was as a member of the choir where for many years his beautiful tenor voice was featured in solos. When Woody and Betty moved to Lee’s Summit, as Betty’s health was failing, Woody joined the First Baptist Church of Lee’s Summit.
Woody was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan. He began listening to the radio broadcasts faithfully as a young child. He only agreed to move to Lee’s Summit when he was assured he would be able to see or listen to every Cardinals game. He was never without his Cardinals red cap and bragging rights.
Music was his passion. He filled the hallways at John Knox Village with song as he sang on his way to and from meals and activities. He was a member of the Country Time band where he could sometimes be seen sporting his finest Elvis wig. He brought joy to the residents of John Knox with his country, gospel and occasional Hawaiian recorded selections from his favorite artists as they did their laundry or came to get their mail. Known at John Knox as The Music Man, the halls are much quieter and solemn today without his presence. For many of his friends and the staff, when he passed, it was the day the music died.
Last October, Woody was chosen to make the trek to Washington, DC as part of The Honor Flight representing Missouri and Kansas veterans. This not-for-profit organization brings veterans and their guardians to the nation’s capital for a day of remembrance, honor and respect. He spent the day with other veterans, but most importantly, with his daughter Sue, and granddaughter and grandson-in-law Brooke and Derek, a memory they will always cherish.
A Celebration of Life will be held at John Knox Village Courtyards Community Center at 512 NW Murray Rd. in Lee’s Summit on Tuesday, February 12 between 2:00-4:00 p.m. Interment will be held at a later time at Rose Lawn Memorial Gardens in Crystal City, MO.
Charitable donations may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 2 NE Douglas St., Lee’s Summit MO 64063 or to Honor Flight Network of Kansas City, P.O. Box 46718, Kansas City, MO 64188.