John Wood Jr. died Sept. 13, 2013, at his home in Austin. He was 89.
A viewing for family and friends will be held from 7 to 8 p.m., Friday, Sept. 20, at Taylor Funeral Service Chapel in Delta.
A funeral service will be held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 21, at Delta Christian Church with Pastor Ethan Hanson officiating. Interment will follow at Delta City Cemetery.
John David Wood Jr. was born in St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 3, 1924, to John Sr. and Erma (Kerns) Wood. He spent his childhood and attended Easton School in St. Joseph, Mo.
He married Sarah Harris on Jan. 21, 1946, in Troy, Kan.
Mr. Wood entered the U.S. Navy in November 1942. He was a World War II veteran. He landed on Utah Beach on D-Day. He received the American Area ribbon, Good Conduct medal, European-Afrian Middle Western ribbon, D-Day ribbon and a Victory medal.
He was co-founder of Wood Bros. Homes, Inc. of Denver and co-founder of Homesteaders Lumber of Big Lake, Alaska. He built several churches in Colorado and Alaska.
He was a member of Faith Bible Fellowship in Big Lake, Alaska.
He was a member of the Sheriff's Posse, the Homebuilders Association, NRA, Lions Club, Chamber of Commerce and Flying Farmers. He was a board member for Alameda National Bank and a board member of City Investing Company of New York.
Mr. Wood is survived by his five daughters, Erma Rupp of Phoenix, Ariz., Barbara Nord and husband Robert of Idaho Falls, Idaho, Debra Bignell and husband Shane of Delta, Janet Yadon and husband Rob of Palmer, Alaska, and Vicki Stults and husband Embrey of Austin; four sisters, Marilyn Loyd of Big Lake, Alaska, Dixie Anderson and Karen Thompson, both of Broomfield, and Teena Trenda of Lakewood; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 66 years, Sarah Wood; his brothers, Bob and Jimmy Wood; his sisters, Joy Price and Sherry Bisel; and his stepmother, Glenna Wood.
Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory handled the arrangements.
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