Peres, Sherwood "Woody"
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Passed away, at age 80, on January 22, 2014 in Scottsdale, AZ, in the company of his best friend and wife, Marion, and his loving daughter, Karen. Woody had a long and storied life, with no obituary adequately able to express the joy he took in people, traveling, education and the military. (And let's not forget THE Ohio State Buckeyes.) Woody was born in 1933 in Paterson, NJ. In high school, he joined the ROTC, and thus began a 32-year career with the US Army, where he retired as a Colonel. He eventually became a West Point Military Academy Liaison Officer, and took great pride in the young men and women he recruited. Courtesy of the ROTC, he matriculated at The Ohio State University, earning a BA, MA and Ph.D. And thus also began his lifelong obsession with Ohio State athletics. Upon his death, Woody had approx. 1,435 Buckeye teeshirts, hats, blankets, cups, mousepads, posters, and keychains. When Woody wasn't busy recording every Ohio State game on TV, he had a successful career as a Senior Executive with General Electric, Esso, Motorola and Chrysler. He traveled internationally for work for many years, and enjoyed living in India and Singapore while with Esso. He took great pleasure in bringing his wife and daughter along with him on select trips, and together they traversed the globe. (These were treasured memories for him, almost on par with anytime the Buckeyes beat the Wolverines-especially in Ann Arbor.) In Woody's retirement, he was a popular MBA Professor at ASU, and loved mentoring students. Woody found golf as a retiree, too, and would've played 24/7 if he could. Also in his later years, he reluctantly gave in to his wife Marion's almost-daily pleadings to get a dog. It took almost 3 minutes for Lucky the Bichon to capture the 'ol soldier's heart. And when his daughter, Karen, rescued Merlin the tiny dog, Woody became a dog person for life. Woody will be remembered for his sense of humor, intelligence, wit, steel trap memory, ability to connect with anyone on the planet, and the fact the he liked to talk to people. A LOT. His wife, daughter and their dogs will forever be without their Pack Leader, and he will be loved and missed immeasurably. Woody will be commemorated at Messinger Pinnacle Peak Mortuary, 8555 E. Pinnacle Peak Rd., Scottsdale on Thurs. Jan. 30th at 10 am, followed by a brief Military Honors interment at the National Memorial Cemetery in Cave Creek at 1pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Jan. 26 to Jan. 29, 2014