Woody graduated from Des Moines East in 1963 and served in the US Army Intelligence and Security Command until 1966. He then attended Drake University before starting his career in Information Technology as a programmer, systems analyst and eventually into management. After 21 years at IMT Insurance, Woody retired in 2012 as the Information Center Coordinator.
Woody got his first volunteer Public Address announcing engagement in the later 1960s when he retired from playing for the Des Moines Vikings semi-pro football team to begin announcing the games where he shared the mic with Dic Youngs, a well-known local radio personality. He was later asked to announce AAU field hockey games and some of the state boy’s baseball tournament games at Sec Taylor Stadium. He was asked twice to announce high school basketball games at Wells Fargo. When his two sons played freshmen basketball at Des Moines East, Woody kept the official scorebook at those games. After retiring from IMT, Woody volunteered in the East High English department as a technical advisor.
Woody's volunteer service to Des Moines East began in the late 1980s as a ticket taker at the football games along with his wife, Linda, who was a teacher at East. He was then asked to work as the Public Address announcer at the football games and basketball games in the early 1990s. He soon added announcing boys and girls swimming and girls’ softball games in addition to the football and basketball games. Woody continues to announce the football games, boys’ and girls’ basketball games and softball games at Des Moines East.
Woody was inducted into the East High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his contribution to the Des Moines East athletic program in December of 2008.
Away from Des Moines East and sports, Woody served on the Pleasant Hill Parks and Recreation Commission and the Library Board of Trustees.
Woody is married to Linda Saddoris, and they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this August. They have two sons and eight grandchildren.