Russell Eugene “Gene” Wood

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Russell Eugene "Gene" Wood, 70, "The Gardener" of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Keating Summit, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.
Born June 14, 1943 in Rochester, PA, he was a son of Russell M. and Helen Claire Griffen Wood. On September 4, 1965 in Erie, PA, he married Bonnie Brydon, who survives.
Gene was a graduate of Penn State University and a graduate of Townson 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 Company 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, SC; 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 Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Teacher's Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.
Arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse, PA.
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Published in Potter Leader-Enterprise on Jan. 28, 2014
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