Russell Wood

COUDERSPORT - Russell Eugene "Gene" Wood, 70, of Coudersport, formerly of Keating Summit, passed away on Thursday (Jan. 23, 2014) in Olean (N.Y.) General Hospital, Olean, after a long illness.
Born June 14, 1943, in Rochester, Pa., he was a son of Russell M. and Helen Claire Griffen Wood. On Sept. 4, 1965, in Erie, he married Bonnie Brydon, who survives.
Gene was a graduate of Penn State University and a graduate of Towson State College in Baltimore, Md. He held degrees in forestry, business administration and accounting.
Mr. Wood was a U.S. Army veteran, attaining the rank of sergeant, having served with the Military Intelligence Imagery Interpretation Division during the Vietnam War.
He served as vice president/chief financial officer at Minard Run Oil Co. in Bradford, retiring after 25 years of service.
Gene was a natural dyer, "creating colors from the forest" using natural materials found in the local woods. He loved his pets. He was instrumental as a resident of Sweden Valley Manor in helping to expand Yesterdays Garden, facilitating resident participation earning him the nickname, "The Gardener."
Surviving, besides his wife, are a son, Ira James (Tanya) Wood of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, E. Ernest (Susan) Wood of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; a sister, Marita (Bruce) Johnson of Springfield, Vt.; and several nieces and nephews.
In keeping with Gene's wishes, there will be no formal services. Burial will be in Gardeau Cemetery, Keating Summit.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials may be made to Sweden Valley Manor, Yesterdays Garden, 1028 E. Second St., Coudersport, PA 16915; or to Teacher's Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse.
To express condolences or share a fond memory of Gene, visit www.virgillhowardfuneralhome.com

Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 25 to Feb. 3, 2014