Richard Wiley Wood passed away Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at his apartment in San Diego, Calif., at the age of 91 after a bout with several illnesses.
Richard Wiley Wood was the last of seven children born to Gladys Linden (Thomas) and Lawrence Vivian Wood on July 7, 1927 at the Harper, Kan., hospital. After Richards father was shot over a land dispute on the Moffett Ranch in Harper, circumstances forced the family to move back to the Elsmore, Allen County area around 1936. His father, L.V. Wood, was originally from the Allen County area.
Richard was graduated from Iola Senior High School in 1945. On July 9, 1945, shortly after his 18th birthday, he entered the Air Force (Army Air Corps) and was stationed in Alaska. After his discharge from the Air Force, he studied at the University of Kansas and graduated in 1953 with a major in history and a minor in German.
On July 11, 1955, he started working for Edison Electric in San Diego and retired on Nov. 30, 1990 as a budget analyst developer. During his retirement years, he volunteered at the Veterans Administration and enjoyed attending various art festivals. He devoted his time and energies to various charities, especially those associated with veterans.
No services will be held. Trident Society, San Diego, was in charge of the cremation and Richards wishes are that his ashes be scattered over the Pacific Ocean.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents and six siblings: Joseph H. Wood, Muriel Bohrer, Aileen Ballenger, Virginia Albright, Thomas B. Wood and Dorothy McCoy. He leaves behind a close friend, Ruben Aceves of San Diego and 11 nieces and nephews.