William James Wood
1947 - 2014
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William James Wood

William James Wood was born in Fukuoka, Japan on Sept. 22, 1947 and passed away in Seattle on Feb. 19, 2014. He is survived by his wife Debra, his brother Bob Wood and his wife Margaret, two nieces and three grandchildren. A visitation will be held on Monday, March 3 between 1-6 pm at Bleitz Funeral Home, 316 Florentia Street, Seattle, WA. A funeral service will be held the following day at 11:00 AM at Bleitz Funeral Home with a committal service to follow at Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent at 2:00 PM.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Feb. 28 to Mar. 1, 2014.
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September 21, 2014
I just seen that Bill pass and I`m sorry for you lost, you and family are in my prayers. I`m going to miss seeing him at the va. With Love Donald Key
Donald Key
July 1, 2014
When I went to the fremont fair this year, and asked, have you seen bill wood?, the gentleman in the booth said, bill has flown west, we lost him last year. I remember when I saw him last, I knew something wasnt right, so I gave him the latest edition of the oshkosh shirt, it put a smile on his face. When I stopped by the veterans booth, I saw Deb there and gave her a hug and she showed me his hand print that had been captured on a small piece of metal as a necklace.

Bill Wood was one of the most interesting, intelligent, wise and witty people I have ever met. His love of aviation was a common thread for him and I. I gave him a highly detailed pen and ink drawing of a Hiller helicopter, something he had trained in, in the military. When I found this web page today, I was thrilled to see the picture of him wearing the hiller helicopter shirt that was made from the original pen and ink drawing I gave him.

Even in his passing, Bill has left a wide swath of friends that really loved this guy and were better off for having known him and sharing in a lot of experiences with him.

I feel very priviledged that I got to know him as long as I did.

The planet sighs a heavy sigh, because Bill was here on the planet as a universal citizen of the universe.And now Bill is flying through the universe!

I miss you Bill.

J. Dennis Hicklin
June 30, 2014

So sorry to learn of your loss and of Bill's passing. I know how much you meant to him, and how grateful he was for your love and care, he told me. Thanks for this lovely tribute video, it was very touching. Wishing you all the best memories as you continue in life. He'd want you to continue to live and love and enjoy each day a new. Respectfully, Polly Adams Martin
Polly Adams Martin
March 28, 2014
From Roger Welles and Hilary Markowitz, we will miss you and always remember you,
William Wood
Roger Welles
March 6, 2014
The times we had at Cresent Bar, dinners,darts, or just hanging out. I'm so proud to have been asked to be a part of your wedding planning and wedding party and sooo many other fun times.It's been Butch's & my pleasure to have you both in our lives.
March 6, 2014
I'll never forget the good time we all had together with Bill at the Fremont Fair, Vietnam Veterans exhibit booth. Debra, I will be sharing a couple photos on FB. I will always cherish good memories of Bill in my heart. May you rest in peace. Dan & Cindy Horkey
Dan Horkey
March 5, 2014
We were so lucky to attend the great service for Bill. He brought the cousins together and we will honor him every time we get together in the future. I know he is smiling down on you. He was so lucky to find you.
March 4, 2014
Debra: I'm very glad I was able to make it to the service at Bleitz today. I saw how important Bill was to so many people. Being connected to VVA 102 through Jim and Janet Hinde and then through you and Bill has meant a lot to me. My boss Congressman McDermott was in DC today but he wanted me to let you know he was proud to march with his brothers and sisters from Vietnam in the Veterans Day parades. I wish you strength and peace. David Loud
David Loud
March 4, 2014
Wish we could be with you today in your time of grief. But know we are there in our hearts.
Dan and Sherri
March 4, 2014
Hero! Shared a great hug with Bill not long ago at Renton...Hugs Forever, Bill.

Love ya, Buddy!

Frank & Joan Pratt
March 3, 2014
You are a "Man of the World" & a "Man of your Word". It's been an honor and my pleasure to know you and get to know you better when I joined Chapter 102. Taking pictures at the Auburn Veteran's Parade is a highlight of my year. You will be truly missed and the veteran's community and King County has lost a true and tireless advocate and friend.
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
I am so sorry to read about his passing. His many friends from Francis C. Hammond extend their sympathy to his family. We are planning our 50th high school reunion and we so hoped to have as many students as possible attend. I will work with our committee to make sure his name is read in our tribute part of the reunion. God bless and keep his family. Fair winds and following seas.
Sharon Strickland
March 3, 2014
Auburn Veteran's Day Luncheon 2010
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
Bill & Deb
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
Auburn Veteran's Parade 2011
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
Traveling Wall
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
Auburn Veteran's Parade 2013
Nancy Dow
March 3, 2014
Bill, Didn't know you all that well but you are a great friend and from a fellow VIETNAN brother thank you for your service to our GREAT COUNTRY,
and one day, I will see you again.
GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY, Dan and Doris Hulbert
Dan Hulbert
March 3, 2014

It was nice to pray with you Brother at our last Veterans Day luncheon together. They will never be the same without you.

You lived a hero's life as a humble and loving man. I know the Great Commander in the Sky has a place for you on His wings.

Happy trails.
Skip Dreps
March 2, 2014
You were a good friend, and we will miss you forever.
Paul & Beckie Hinkhouse
March 2, 2014
I was empowered by his passion for Veterans. I consider him my mentor along with Debora, his wife. I have lost a very dear friend and an unselfish giver to Veterans and their problems. I know you will find many of your brothers on your journey.
We will miss you. Roger Welles and Hilary Markowitz
March 1, 2014
I did not know you but wanted to
Thank you for your service and your work with the WDVA in King County. The world is a better place because of your dedication to others who were trying to come home after serving their county.
Patty Goins
March 1, 2014
Thanks for your service to Our Country. Respectfully, Mike Grow
michael grow
February 28, 2014
dignity, that's what Bill gave me!!
Joel Harvey
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