Thomas Ray Wood, age 82, died at his home in Prescott, IA on May 25th, 2023. Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, Iowa, with Pastor Gary Shea officiating. The family requests casual attire for all events. Burial will be in the North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox, Iowa. Open visitation with family receiving friends, will be 12:30 – 1:30 P.M, Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the family, to be determined. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Tom was born November 20th, 1940, to Joe Thomas and Violet Ellen (Stone) Wood, at his grandparents’ home near Artesia, New Mexico.
He attended school in Artesia, NM, graduating from Artesia High School in 1959. After graduation he worked in the oil fields around Artesia and then in Utah. He eventually moved to Bremerton, WA, where he worked at Todd Shipyard in Seattle, Keyport Naval Torpedo Station in Keyport, and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. He was drafted into the Army in November 1966 and was stationed at Fort Story, VA as a Marine Hull Repairman. He was honorably discharged in November 1968 and returned to Bremerton, where he was a welder and pipefitter at PSNS.
On August 24th, 1969, he and Doloris Bovaird were united in marriage in Wollochet, WA, and their marriage was blessed with three children, Melissa, Michael, and Daniel.
In November 1976, the family moved to the Corning area where they felt they could raise their children near Doloris’ family in a rural community safer than in the city. Tom worked for Britten Mfg. of Creston from 1977 to 2003 when the business closed. Health problems forced Tom into retirement at that time. He was able to spend many hours with his grandchildren and he loved them very much.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ellen Wood; parents-in-law, Carl and Vera Bovaird; two sisters, Carolyn Sue Trujillo and Sheryl Clark; brother Wayne Wood and wife Kathy; two nieces and four nephews.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Doloris; daughter: Melissa Wood of Omaha, NE; son: Michael Wood and wife Carrie of Corning and their sons Ryan (Erika Christensen)Wood of Orient, Bryson Wood and Brayden Wood of Corning; son: Daniel Wood and wife Janet of Hurley, MO and their daughters, Megan (Sasha Schwartz) Wood of Chicago, IL and Allison(Clay Sartin)Wood of Marshfield, MO; one great-grandson: Daniel Thomas Wood of Marshfield, MO; brother: Bill Wood of Artesia, NM; sister: Josie Van Curen of Lovington, NM; brother and sister-in-law, Dean and Diane Bovaird of Corning; sister and brother-in-law, Marlene and Wayne Hardisty of Corning; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.