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“Rusty, Wendy and family my condolences on the loss of your Dad! It was always a joy to see him in the store and joke with him. May God Bless you and...Read More »
1 of 6 | Posted by: Susan Cuber - Battle Creek, MI

“You were our 2nd Dad! The lake will never be the same! We are going to miss you so much! Sending much love to Rusty, Eve and Family! Love, Bob &...Read More »
2 of 6 | Posted by: Beth Lepper - Dowling, MI

“My deepest sympathies to the Wood Family. I have such fond memories of Sunday school with Mr. Wood. ”
3 of 6 | Posted by: Patty Steffee Miller - MI

“Rest In Peace POPS. You will be truely missed y all who knew you ”
4 of 6 | Posted by: Cheryl Wood - Battle creek, MI

“I remember his constantly happy countenance....and cheerful attitude from High School and throughout life....and also his father, too...with his well...Read More »
5 of 6 | Posted by: Byron Hodgson - Friend

“Bill and I have been friends for many years. He was a volunteer at FCCBC where I worked. We enjoyed having dinners together, usually at Clara's and...Read More »
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William A. "Bill" Wood, age 90, of Bristol Lake, Dowling passed away unexpectedly on February 9, 2017. Bill was born in Battle Creek on May 4, 1926, the son of William Jr. and Ruby (Clinton) Wood. Bill was a 1944 graduate of Battle Creek Central High School, and attended Michigan State College, Argubright Business College, and graduated from Kellogg Community College in 1969. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1943 to 1946, serving in the Pacific Theater and took part in the Battle of Okinawa.

Bill was employed by Bill Wood Auto Service during high school and again after the War. He was also employed at Oliver Aviation and retired from Consumers Power Co. in 1987 after 34 years. After retiring, Bill worked for Wild Bird's Unlimited and Lakeview Hardware.

Bill married Betty E. "Tutu" Keagle on September 7, 1946; she preceded him in death on August 24, 2004. He is survived by a daughter, Wendy L. (James) Gorham of Hastings; sons, William T. (Elizabeth) Wood of Modesto, CA, Thomas C. (Faye) Wood of Atlantic Beach, FL, and John "Rusty" (Eve) Wood of Dowling; grandchildren, Chris Wood, William Wood, Nicholas Wood, Kelly Wood, Ashley Ruffead, Rachel Wood, and Seage Gorham; 2 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Pamella Wood of Fredonia, WI. Bill was also preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Phillys (Wood) Sampson.

Bill was a member of the First Congregational Church of Battle Creek for more than 60 years and a former member of the Battle Creek Jaycees, where he was a State VP and a National Director for the US Jaycees. He enjoyed volunteering at the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kellogg Manor House and the First Congregational Church. Bill also enjoyed traveling, antiquing, sharing time with family & friends, and life at Bristol Lake.

A memorial open house to celebrate Bill's life was held Monday, February 13th at Lakeview Hardware. Interment with full military honors will be held at the Fort Custer National Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations to the Alzheimer's Association - Michigan Great Lakes Chapter 350 East Michigan Ave. Suite 20 Kalamazoo, MI 49007or http://www.alz.org/mglc/. Arrangements by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care, Battle Creek. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com.