McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK


August 12, 2013

Wendall Wood

McALESTER — Wendall Wood, 91, of Wilburton, died Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013, at his home.

Funeral services were Monday at Wilburton First United Methodist Church with the Rev. April Coates officiating. Cremation followed. Arrangements were under the direction of  Jones-Harkins Funeral Home of Wilburton.

Born May 22, 1922, in Townley, Mo., he was the son of Walter Wood and Ann Belle (Clark) Wood.

He graduated high school from Alexander, Ind. and later joined the United States Navy serving in World War II.

Upon being honorably discharged, he joined the United States Air Force and retired as major in 1965.

He attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and graduated with a bachelor’s degree. He then pursued a long career as a mortgage broker.

He married Waunita Hodson on Sept. 5, 1941, and she preceded him in death in 1990. He later married Norma Long on Nov. 30, 1992, and she preceded him in death in 2004.

He was a full time RV enthusiast from 1985 until 1989. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed wood working and farming in the berry patch.

Survivors include his three sons, Eric Wood and wife, Audrey, Papillion, Neb., Alan Wood and wife, Mary, Punta Gorda, Fla., and Neal Wood and wife, Nancy, of Wilburton.

Also, seven grandsons and one granddaughter, Robert Wood and wife, Michelle, Brad Wood, David Wood and wife, Erica, all of Papillion, Neb., Christopher Wood, Punta Gorda, Fla., Cory Wood, Scottsdale, Ariz., Matthew Wood and wife, Rose, Orlando, Fla., Trevor Wood and partner, Aaron Petty, Wichita, Kan., and Wendy Wood and partner, Richard Lamb, of McAlester.

And, 13 great-grandchildren, Austin Wood, Morgan Wood, Connor Wood, Logan Wood, Kayla Wood, Emily Wood, Timothy Wood, Tieraleann Wood and Bodhi Wood, all of Papillion, Neb., Isabella Wood and Andrew Wood, both of Orlando, Fla., Caden Wood and Carter Wood, both of Wichita, Kan., and partner, Phyllis Swisher, of the home, along with his second wife’s children and family.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; two brothers and two sisters, and stepdaughter, Sammy Bell.

Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or Wilburton First United Methodist Church.

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