The family of H. D. “Spec” Woods is sad to report that he has passed away. His death occurred Friday, on June 14th at 7:00 AM in Bishop Spencer Place of Kansas City, Missouri.

He was 94. Born December 11, 1924 and raised during the “Great Depression” in Lubbock, Texas, Spec joined the Army Air Corps right out of high school. He used the GI Bill when he returned home to go to college at Texas Tech. There he met & married the “love of his life” Margaret (Peg) Johnson. He & Peg moved to Hays in the summer of 1952 to raise their family, and he partnered with Richard R. “Dick” Starr to form Woods & Starr Architects.

Together they made a lasting, physical statement for modern architecture in both Hays and western Kansas that will last for decades. In love with flying, both Spec & Peg became private pilots. They traveled far and wide but always preferred to be at home, in Hays. He resided in Hays continuously until April of this year when he relocated to Kansas City to be closer to his family.

In his final days he was surrounded by 3 generations of his descendants, and he left a lasting memory of steadfast love for all of us. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peg who passed away December 18, 2012, by his parents, and by all the aunts and uncles of his own generation. He was indeed the last one standing.

He is survived by his son Cris Woods and his wife Corine (Price, also from Hays) of Kansas City, Mo., his daughter Patti Revell of Plano, Texas, his 5 grandchildren Faye, Beth, Steve, Kati and Ben, and his 2 great-grandchildren, Maxx and Jimi. We miss him already.

The family is planning a private inurnment ceremony at the Kansas Veterans Cemetery at WaKeeney on Thursday, June 27th, 2019.

Visitation will be held the next day beginning at 1:00 PM with a “Celebration of Life Ceremony” to follow at 2:00 PM, Friday, June 28th at The First Presbyterian Church, 2900 Hall, in Hays. With the presentation of the US Flag by the Hays V.F.W. Post No. 9076. All of Spec’s friends are welcome.

The family suggests memorials to High Plains Mental Health Center, Hays, Kansas.

Services are entrusted to Cline’s-Keithley Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd Street, Hays, Kansas 67601. Condolence can be sent to or can be left at guestbook at