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Richard Robert Wood

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Wood, Richard Robert
Age 76

Richard Robert Wood of Lincoln, Nebraska, died December 2, 2013. Born December 2, 1937 in Iowa City, Iowa to Dr. Maynard A. Wood and Georgia (McCollister) Wood. Richard married Sandra Dian Schneider on June 13, 1959 in Ft. Madison, Iowa. He was a graduate of Lincoln High School, the University of Iowa (Bachelor of Arts), and the University of Nebraska College of Law (Juris Doctor). He served in the U.S. Army, where he achieved the rank of Infantry Captain. After his military service, he returned to Lincoln with his family and started his legal career that included serving for 5 years as the City Attorney for the City of Lincoln and 29 years as Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Nebraska. A 60+ year member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, he was also a member of the Lincoln High School Athletic Hall of Fame, a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, and was a Varsity Letterman at the University of Iowa. He was also a past member of the Lincoln Charter Revision Committee, the Nebraska Power Review Board, the National Institute of Municipal Law Officers, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a Fellow of the Nebraska State Bar Foundation, and was the Vice President and General Counsel Emeritus of the University of Nebraska.
Richard is survived by his second wife, Larysa; daughter and son-in-law Cyndy and Pete Maddux, Lincoln; daughter and son-in-law Gretchen and Brice Middleton and grandsons, William and Matthew, Lincoln; son and daughter-in-law Brian and Sarah Wood and grandsons, Aaron and Raine, Bozeman, MT; son Richard McCollister Wood and grandson Logan, Lincoln; three brothers, Larry (Sue), Alan (Julie), and David (Ann) Wood; sister-in-law Jacqueline Griswold; stepson Sergy Paletski; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his beloved first wife Sandra, his parents, and niece Catharine.
SERVICES will be held 10am Saturday, December 7, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2110 Sheridan Blvd., Lincoln with Rev. Dr. Andrew McDonald officiating. Prior private burial. Memorials in lieu of flowers to the Westminster Presbyterian Church Foundation or to the University of Nebraska Foundation. VISITATION: Noon to 8pm Friday, Roper and Sons, 4300 O Street. Condolences online at:
4300 O St., Lincoln, NE (402) 476-1225


Published in Omaha World-Herald from Dec. 4 to Dec. 6, 2013
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Roper and Sons
4300 O Street Lincoln, NE 68510
(402) 476-7037
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