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Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, Ralph Marlowe Wood, 82, returned to his Heavenly Father on January 12, 2010. He endured his cancer with amazing patience, a positive attitude and faith and was an amazing example to all who knew him, especially his family.

He was born July 22, 1927, in Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Blanche Pearl Jenkins and John (Jack) Albert Wood, the second of four children. He grew up and attended schools in the area, graduating from Idaho Falls High School.

He served in the U.S. Navy as a Seaman First Class during World War II and was stationed in Guam. Following his discharge from the military, he attended Brigham Young University and then the College of Mortuary Science in San Francisco.

He married Margaret Catherine Packer on September 6, 1950, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They had nine children and one foster son. Ralph was a successful businessman and was co-owner of Wood Funeral Home until his retirement in 1994. He continued, however, to help at funeral services when requested. He served as President of the Idaho Falls and Idaho State Funeral Directors Association, was a member of the Idaho Falls City Council for 20 years and was active in the Lions Club, serving as President.

Ralph was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held many positions in the church, including Bishop (twice), counselor in a Stake Presidency and counselor in the Idaho Falls Temple Presidency. Ralph went on a mission to the New England states as a young man and later served two missions with his sweetheart, Margaret, one to Boston, Massachusetts, and another to New York City South. They loved their missions, being together and serving as a couple.

Ralph enjoyed playing tennis, loved traveling with Margaret and found pleasure in the supper clubs in which he and Margaret participated. Ralph loved the gospel of Jesus Christ; he loved his family; and he loved serving in the city. He was a man of honesty and integrity. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret; children, Cathie (Sid) Lanham of Sandy, Utah, Marlowe (DeAnne) Wood of Memphis, Tenn., Debbie (Pat) Martin of Idaho Falls, Walt (Lori) Wood of Mesa, Ariz., Von (Michelle) Wood of Bountiful, Utah, Matt (Kim) Wood of Hillsboro, Ore., Mark (Cristie) Wood of Lindon, Utah, Charlotte (Derek) Jensen of American Fork, Utah, and Paul (Shaunna) Wood of Ammon; foster son, Dewey (Diane) Not Help Him of Ceres, Calif.; 56 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; a sister, Annette Wood of Idaho Falls; and a brother, Robert S. Wood of Belmont, Massachusetts.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Jack Albert Wood; and two grandsons, Spencer Wood and Chris Martin.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, January 16, 2010, at the Ammon LDS Stake Center, 2055 S. Ammon Road, with Bishop Brett Acor of the Ammon 15th Ward officiating. The family will visit with friends from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Wood Funeral Home East Side, 963 S. Ammon Road, and from 10 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Saturday at the church. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery with military rites performed by the Bonneville County Veterans Team and Idaho Honor Guard. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.woodfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Post Register on Jan. 13, 2010
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