Col. Robert Dean (Ret.) WOOD

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WOOD, Col. Robert D. USA (Ret.)

passed away September 7, 2018 at the age of 81. After graduation from Mt. Carmel, IL High School, he attended the University of Illinois where he joined Army ROTC, attained his private pilot's license, and met his wife of 60 years, Barbara Burns. Following graduation, he spent 28 years in the Army Infantry, was a Ranger and Airborne qualified. He served in the 101st Airborne Division, spent two tours in South Korea, served two tours in Vietnam one with the 1st Bn 5th Infantry Regiment (Bobcats) of the 25th Infantry Division. He commanded the 4th Bn 6th Infantry in Berlin, Germany and was a graduate of the Army War College. He received his MBA at George Washington University. His final assignment was at MacDill AFB. After retirement, he served in a leadership position with MPRI. Bob and Barbara retired to Sebring, FL in 1998. He became a Rotarian, an elder at First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Airport Authority. He started the US Sport Aviation EXPO. He is predeceased by his parents Virgil and Bernadine Ibbotson Wood. He is survived by his wife and three daughters, Elaine Wood, Woodbridge VA; Amy Wood, Riverview FL; and Elise Huszar, Tampa FL, his two grandchildren, Grant and Madison Huszar, and son-in-law, LTC (Ret) Paul Huszar. He is also survived by his brother and sister-in-law, COL (Ret) Nelson and Fay Wood of West Virginia and sisters-in-law, Joan Scarpati of Sebring and Kay Wood of Alexandria, VA. For the full obituary, visit:


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Published in the Tampa Bay Times on Sept. 16, 2018