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1924 - 2010 Obituary Condolences
Phillip Norman Wood Jul. 23, 1924 - Feb. 10, 2010 Resident of Vacaville There is never an ex-Marine. It is said "once a Marine always a Marine". Corporal Wood served three years in the First Marine Division, 11th Marines, 4th Battalion, I Battery. His group. fought on numerous Pacific Islands including Okinawa and was stationed in Tientsin, China. Phil was born in San Mateo, CA. He was preceded in death by his parents Norman and Edith Wood of Burlingame and a nephew William Roe. He is survived by a sister Barbara Wood Roe of Seattle, WA and her children by his first wife June Wood Somerville of Ione, CA and their offspring, daughters Diane Wood Delgardo and husband of Vacaville; Robin Wood Hooper and husband Donald of Fort Bragg, CA; and son Phillip Wood Jr. of Pinole, CA. He leaves six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Phil lived at 1133 Palm Drive, Burlingame and enjoyed visiting the firemen at the corner station. As a young boy he delivered the San Mateo Times and the Burlingame Advance newspapers. He graduated from McKinely Grammar School in 1939 and attended Burlingame High School, and was a member of the tract team and played center on the Varsity Football Team. After his discharge from the Marines he attended San Mateo Jr. College. In June 1946, he married his high school sweetheart June Hirschey of San Mateo. In 1955 the family moved from Burlingame to Amador County, CA. During the summer months they operated the Kirkwood Inn and their own Kirkwood Meadow Lodge. The Carson Pass, Highway #88 at this time was not opened year round as it is today. The Highway opened in 1972 and the Kirkwood Ski Development purchased their property. In the 1960's Phil remarried and as a building contractor worked for the copper mines in Arizona, Mexico, Saudi Arabia and in Iran. After retiring in the 1970's became a "Virginia" farmer and an artist. While living in Virginia he was a member of the Military Order of the Devil Dogs and helped raise money for the Marine Corp. Memorial in Quantico, Virginia. Three years ago he suffered a stroke and returned to his family in California. A family gathering and memorial will be held this summer in the Kirkwood mountains he loved so well, and we so well loved him.

Published in Inside Bay Area on Feb. 19, 2010
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