Robert "Bob" Richard Wood, 91, a resident of Hood River, Ore., died in his home at Down Manor, on Monday, Dec. 12, 2011. Bob was born on July 5, 1920, in Twin Falls, Idaho, to Leonard Wood and Irene Woods Wood.
At the age of 3, Bob and his family moved from Twin Falls to Portland, Ore., where they lived until they moved to Bend, Ore., when Bob was in third grade. Eventually the family moved back to Idaho, where he graduated from Boise High School in 1938.
During his school years, Bob's first job was with the JC Penney Company working in the stock room. After high school, Bob attended one year of college at UCLA, before transferring to the University of Oregon.
He married Gloria Walker on April 24, 1940. Shortly after, they moved to Portland, carrying all of their worldly possessions in an Oldsmobile coupe. They rented their first apartment and set up house.
Bob continued his work with the JC Penney Company before going to work with Willamette Iron and Steel as a pipe fitter.
In 1943, Bob was called to serve in World War II, where he was a combat medic for the 39th regiment infantry. He served in the European theater of operations and was awarded the Bronze Star for hazardous duty.
While serving as a medic, Bob was injured in combat and hospitalized. After recovering from the injury he was reassigned to the headquarters squadron until he was released from service at the end of 1944.
He arrived home just in time for Christmas to meet his son Leylan "Leonard" Wood, who was almost a year old. Upon returning home, Bob began working for his father-in-law as a general assistant and ambulance driver for Walker Funeral Home.
Eventually, Bob continued his career with JC Penney when he took a position with the company at its Nampa, Idaho, store. In 1951, the company relocated Bob and the family to Hood River.
During their time in Hood River, Bob, Gloria and Leonard had many good times and created many new friendships that would last a lifetime. During this time with Penney's the Wood family also relocated to Burns, Ore., and Reno, Nev., where Bob continued to work as a part of the Penney's management team.
By the late 1950s, Bob was ready to leave the JC Penney Company to follow a lifelong dream. He took a job as a motel manager in Palm Springs. In 1958, the family moved to Stockton, Calif., where Bob managed, and then purchased a motel, restaurant and cocktail lounge.
While in Stockton he also was active with the greater Stockton Chamber of Commerce. Some of the volunteer work with the chamber included scouting set locations for filming movies in the Stockton area. Bob enjoyed working with the production staff for Moonshine War and Strawberry Statement.
In 1973 they sold the motel. Bob returned to merchandising as a buyer for an independently operated family department store, Campbell's in the Village. He worked there for 12 years until his retirement.
Upon retirement, Bob and Gloria moved to Lincoln City where they lived on Devil's Lake. Bob was an active member of the Kiwanis and the Devils Lake Homeowners Association. In 1995 the couple settled in Hood River to be near family, where they would live out their remaining years. When Gloria passed away in 2004, Bob moved to Down Manor, where he would live for the next seven years.
In Bob's free time he liked to read, and create wall hangings from driftwood. He was also an accomplished photographer. Bob had a gift for making others feel at ease and always enjoyed engaging in lively conversations with those around him. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.
Bob was predeceased by Gloria, his wife of 64 years, and his friend and companion, Jean Mangus.
He is survived by his son Leonard and daughter-in-law Janet, and granddaughters Julie Wilson and her husband, Shane, and Jennifer Hutchinson and her husband, Toby.
Services will be held Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 3 p.m. at Down Manor with Rev. Vicky Stifter officiating.
Remembrances may be made to Heart of Hospice, 205 Wasco Loop, Ste. 202, Hood River, OR 97031.
Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals, Receptions, Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River, OR 97031; 541-386-1000. Please visit www.andersonstributecenter.com to leave a note of condolence for family.
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