Richard Woods

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Richard Charles Wood
February 4, 1938 - January 2, 2017
Richard Charles Wood, 78, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, January 2, 2017, at his home, surrounded by family. He was born February 4, 1938, in Riverton, Wyoming, to Keith and Lois Wood. When Richard was six, the family moved to Idaho, where Keith began farming with his father-in-law, Charles Samp, in the Huston area near Lake Lowell. Richard (fondly known as Woody) was a stubborn, mischievous child; characteristics that followed him throughout his life. He attended Huston Grade School, where he became friends with the Bates boys, and their little sister, Elsie Gail, who became the love of his life. In 1956, Richard graduated from Caldwell High School, where he played basketball, drove fast cars, and courted Gail. In 1958, he and Gail were married. They were blessed with three children; Pamela Ann, Julie Gail, and David Richard.
Richard worked hard and played hard. He loved farming, so it was natural for him to follow in the footsteps of his dad and Grandpa Samp, eventually taking over the family farm. He loved horses, hunting and fishing with his buddies, water skiing, snowmobiling, and motorcycles-the faster the better.
He was passionate about his kids and grandkids. He was their biggest fan; coaching and attending their sporting events, band concerts, dance recitals, piano recitals, and gymnastic meets. Whatever they were doing, he was there. But Richard's greatest love was for the Lord. He was an example of how to live an authentic life as a man of God. He poured his life into his family, his friends, and countless others through his ministry at Deer Flat Church.
Richard is survived by his wife, Gail, daughters Pam (Chase) Church, and Julie (Bill) Walker, and son David (Jamie) Wood; four grandchildren, Boe (Charla) Benefield, Kelsie (Ben) Stevens, Hailey (Dustin) Laub, Jordan Wood; three great - grandkids, brother Norman (Gin) Wood, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service celebrating the life of Richard will be held at Deer Flat Church, Monday, January 9, 2016, at 10:30 am.

Published in Idaho Press Tribune from Jan. 6 to Jan. 7, 2017