Dr. James J. Wood, 93, passed away at 1:40 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012, at Golden Living Center-Lincoln Hills in Tell City. He was born in Vincennes July 14, 1919, to Harvey Travis and Clara (Freshley) Wood.
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James was a graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Ill., and practiced optometry for 29 years in Tell City.Ê A decorated veteran of World War II, he earned nine battle stars while serving in the Army Air Corps.
James was preceded in death by his first wife, Maureen Lunn.ÊThey were married January 1947. Also preceding him in death were his parents and siblings, Irene Wallis, Mary Carnahan, Helen White, Maurice, Mich-ael, Bill, Bob, Sam and Mason Wood.
James was married to his second wife, Emma Lou (Wagner) Dec. 30, 1982.
He was a member of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2939, American Legion Post 213, Masonic Lodge 623 and Hadi Shriners and a life-long member of Loyal Order of the Moose and Hoosier Heights Country Club.
Surviving are his wife of 30 years, Emma Lou Wood of Tell City; his children, Tony (Maribeth) Wood of Indianapolis and Teri (Jon) Hartz of Tell City; a stepdaughter, LauraÊ(Steve) Cutter of Tell City; a brother, the Rev. Ed Wood of Green Castle; grandchildren Jordan and Jessica Wood, Sarah (Geoff) Mauck and Philip (Lauren) Hartz and stepgrandchild, Zac (Lana) Hartz; great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Mason and Madison Mauck and a stepgreat-grandchild, Collins Hartz.
Visitation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, (today) at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private Friday, Nov. 30. The Rev. Donald E. Overton will officiate.
Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with military rites provided by VFW Post 2939.
Memorial contributions may be made Perry County Memorial Hospital or Perry County Animal Shelter.
Messages of condolence may be left online at www.zoercher-gillickfuneralhome.com.
Published in Perry County News on Nov. 29, 2012