Alexander Wilrich Wood

October 30, 1996December 1, 2018
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Alexander Wilrich Wood, age 22 of Beavercreek, passed away Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Alex was known by family as "Buddy" and by friends as "Woody".

He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Willard and Uleta Young; cousin Wyatt Jansheski; and great-grandmother Ellen Wood.

Alex is survived by his parents David and Sue Wood of Beavercreek; siblings Hannah Wood and Nicholas Wood of Beavercreek; paternal grandparents Richard and Alma Wood of St. Johns MI; aunts & uncles John and Debra Nixon of Lansing MI, Dale and Cindy Young of Sparta MI, Larry Young of Lansing MI, Rebecca Wood of St. Johns MI, Zach and Patricia Ernst of St. Johns MI, and John and Sara Olin of St. Johns MI; as well as numerous cousins and loved ones.

Alex graduated Beavercreek High School in 2015 and was a senior at Wright State University. Alex was very athletic and loved to play soccer. He was a huge sports fan, especially of the NBA. He was an avid reader and deep thinker who was very inquisitive and loved to learn. Alex was a sweet, kind young man who enjoyed spending time with his family, and was a beloved son and brother.

His family will receive friends from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM on Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, 3530 Dayton Xenia Rd. Beavercreek, OH 45432. A Celebration of Life will follow at 11:00 AM Saturday at the church with Pastor Steve Kimm and Pastor Carey Hovland officiating. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Alex’s memory may be made to Active Minds Inc. at


  • Visitation Saturday, December 8, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018

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Karen Blackford

December 13, 2018

I learned of your son's passing at church on Sunday, I had been TDY most of the last two months so didn't know earlier in the week. Your family is in my prayers.

daniel hopson

December 12, 2018

my hope for you and your family is that we all be reminded of the laughter alexander provided us with-the smiles that lightened the harshest realities. I encourage you to remain diligent in passing on the legacy of truth and honor to our future generation of what alexander stood for as a free spirit. may we be comforted to know the blessed fact that we will one day be with alexander again when we embark upon that other side of the rainbow.

Bryant Thorne

December 9, 2018

May God be with you and bring comfort to you all at this difficult time. I can not express my deepest sympathy for your loss. My prayers to your family.

Paul Ruh

December 8, 2018

Our deepest condolences to the Wood family in their time of greatest need.

~Paul and Twila Ruh

David and Sue Wood

December 7, 2018

Who was Alex? Alex was born 18 months after his big sister Hannah on Tinker Air Force Base; we three immediately fell in love with Alex. Hannah loved having a little brother to play dress up and Alex followed Hannah everywhere. Two years later, Alex became a big brother to Nicholas and the Wood family became “5 strong.” With 4 moves in six years, when the kids were still in elementary school, they were always best friends, even as they met the neighborhood kids. Alex was the shyest of the three and needed to be pulled into games instead of inviting himself. He was a great student, became quite an athlete in multiple sports, loved reading and learning, and enjoyed spending time with a handful of close friends. He was our Buddy, and we had so many hopes and dreams for his future, marriage, kids, health and happiness. Alex was so kind and sweet, he never gave us an ounce of trouble; he would have been a wonderful father. Unfortunately, last Saturday he lost a decade-long battle with mental illness, we struggled by his side over the years and marveled at his daily courage as he battled demons we could not begin to imagine. We find solace that he is no longer in pain, and that he has been reunited with Grandma and Papa and is resting with the Lord in heaven.

Where do we go from here? We will have a hole in our hearts forever, but we will continue to be “5 strong,” because Alex will always be with us. He will serve as an example of courage and a reminder for us to live life to the fullest in his memory. Rest in peace, we love you Buddy.

David and Sue Wood

December 7, 2018

From the Wood Family
When this tragedy befell our family a week ago, it was the loneliest moment of our lives; we were in shock, we didn’t know what to do or who to call. It had been a while since we’ve been to church, spent time with neighbors or the soccer crowd. But from the moment we made those first three painful calls to Sue’s sister, Dave’s parents, and a fellow soccer Mom, the news spread fast and we were inundated with thoughtful words and deeds of support. It was extremely comforting to us, that even though years have passed, we were blessed with an enduring, extended family. Word spread quickly to our military family and Sue’s co-workers at Sinclair, the outpouring of thoughts and prayer have been extremely helpful. We realize this tragedy is difficult for all involved, mom, dad, brother, sister, family and friends; we’re glad you’re here to share in a celebration of Alex’s life.

Kent and Pam Bonds

December 7, 2018

We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences. Please know your family is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. Please let us know if we can be of assistance. The Bonds Family

Jack Donahue

December 7, 2018

Deepest sympathy to the Wood family on your loss. From the entire Beavercreek High School Bowling Teams coaches and players.

Tina Daring

December 6, 2018

Please accept Seth and my deepest sympathy. Sending prayers n comforting thoughts at this time. If you need anything please let us know.

Melissa Mosby

December 6, 2018

Our sincere condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved son. You're in our thoughts and prayers. May the days ahead bring peace and healing to your hearts.
Vic and Melissa