John G. "Giff" Hood

John G. "Giff" Hood Battle Creek John Gifford "Giff" Hood, 83, of Battle Creek, died October 28, 2012 at home. He was born February 11, 1929, the son of Henry J. and Angie M. (Rowley) Hood in Springville, Iowa. Giff graduated from Springville High School in 1946 as the salutatorian of his class. He received his bachelor's degree from Cornell College in Iowa and did his graduate studies at Syracuse University and Harvard. Giff married his high school sweetheart, Carolyn Cooper, upon his graduation from Cornell. Giff served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War. After beginning his professional career in sales with IBM, he accepted a data processing department position at Bethlehem Steel. He later worked as a banker at the Bank of New York and First National Bank of St. Paul (Minnesota). After retiring, Giff and his wife owned Olston Temporary Services in San Bernardino, California. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Carolyn (Cooper) Hood of Battle Creek; sons, Dan (Camille) Hood of Battle Creek, Hank (Pam) Hood of Plano, Texas; daughter, Lydia (Craig) Holley of Sewickley, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren, Katie and Christine Madisen Hood of Battle Creek, Russell, Lucy and Larissa Holley of Sewickley and Jordan Hood of Plano, as well as his brother, Milan Hood of Marshalltown, Iowa. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Hilda Kregel and brother, Harold Hood. Giff was a member of Westlake Presbyterian Church and a Life Member of Disabled American Veterans. He enjoyed trap and skeet shooting and watching and officiating at his children's swim meets. The family will receive friends from 2 until 4:00 p.m. with a short prayer service at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at Shaw Funeral Home. Interment will take place at Jordan's Grove Cemetery in Iowa. Memorial donations may go to the organ fund at Westlake Presbyterian Church or Calhoun County Medical Care Facility. The family is being served by Shaw Funeral Home.

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Oct. 31, 2012