John Curtis Woodside, 32, treasured for his generous spirit

John Curtis Woodside
John Curtis Woodside

VIRGINIA BEACH — John Curtis Woodside, 32, a great friend, son, brother and uncle, died unexpectedly Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2020. He died the way he lived, rushing to the aid of others in need.

He was an avid computer enthusiast, truck driver and beer connoisseur. He lived life passionately, never ashamed to share his newest interest with others. Guided by his conscience and morals, he was always prepared to help anyone who needed it. He was a kind, loving and good-natured man who was driven by his heart at all times.

John lived through his love for others and his natural curiosity. He was always tinkering on a new passion project, hoping to discover something novel that he could share with those he cared for. He was full of life and love, happy to share his heart with the people close to him.

John was born June 6, 1988, in Devil’s Lake, North Dakota. He lived in Seattle, Washington, and Kalispell, Montana, before growing into a great man in Virginia Beach. He attended school to become an HVAC technician before landing on his final career of truck driving.

He was preceded in death by his father, Daniel Woodside; maternal grandmother, Patricia Ripplinger; paternal grandparents, Donald and Gloria Woodside; and aunt, Denise Woodside.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Carla and Ian Gordon; two brothers, Ayden and Joseph; and sister, Sarah. He was the proud uncle to his niece, Samira. He is also survived by his chosen brother, Jeff Swett; maternal grandfather and namesake, Raymond John Rippingler; and many extended family members in Washington, North Dakota and Virginia.

His family is holding a memorial service to honor the life of John at 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 23, at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

To honor John’s memory and embody his giving spirit, his family will be hosting a food drive at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home. Please feel free to bring any canned goods and non-perishable food items to his service on Sunday.

Share online condolences with the family at Rosewood-Kellum Funeral Home.

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