Russell A. Wood

LEICESTER - Russell A. Wood, age 78, died February 16, 2014, at Oak Hill Hospital in Brooksville, FL, following a long struggle with COPD and declining health.

He was born in Burlington, VT, May 23, 1935, the third child of twelve born to Albert Wood and Ethel Underwood Wood of Danby, VT.

His greatest pleasure in life was spending time with family and friends, and most especially making music. His passion was playing guitar and entertaining anyone who would listen. He also enjoyed NASCAR races and a good game of cards.

He married the love of his life, Sandra Ann Lewis on January 28, 1956. They were blessed with three daughters, Lisa, Laurie and Amy. He also leaves behind two loving sons-in-law, Herbert Johnson, III, and Glenn Place. Also his grandchildren, of whom he was very proud: Bethany (Salerni) Bell, Ph.D., Kristina (Salerni) Rodriguez, Brandon H. Johnson, Joshua and Chelsea Place, Amber Braun, Alexander, Abigail and Alicia Gendreau; and two great-grandsons, Karter and Wally; and his sweet white Persian kitty, Chyna.

Russ was a worker, and in the late '60s, was owner and proprietor of Woodie's Esso Service Station on Clinton Street in Springfield. Later in his working career, he became a mechanical engineer, travelling extensively for Fellows Gear Shaper in Springfield.

In his earlier years, he served in the United States Air Force as a Medic.

He was a member of the American Legion, the Loyal Order of Moose and a proud member of the Shriners, riding a mini-car in many parades in support of the Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Russ was very comfortable in social situations and easily made friends, wherever his travels took him.

A funeral will be held this spring, at the convenience of the family, at the South Wallingford Congregational Church, which is where Russ said, "That is where God lives." Burial will be in Scottsville Cemetery in Danby.

In honoring his love of animals, memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Rutland County Humane Society.

Published in Rutland Herald on Mar. 1, 2014