Durwood Elrado Blood
July 16, 1928 – November 1, 2020
Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, Durwood E. Blood (Woody), passed away at the age of 92 in his home with his wife by his side on November 1, 2020. He was born In Britton, South Dakota on July 16, 1928, and moved with his family to Kent Washington when he was 10 years old. He graduated with his class of '46 from Meridian High School in Kent. He met his future wife, Dolores Curbow, and was married in 1949. They recently celebrated their 71st anniversary last June. Together they brought into this world 4 children, James (Perri), Karen, Kathleen (Vivian), and Jill; as well as 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren!
In 1949 Durwood and Dolores chose Kennydale as their home to live and raise their children and have been part of the Kennydale community ever since. Durwood's priority has always been his family sharing experiences of camping, fishing, celebrating holidays and birthdays together. We have joyously continued a family tradition celebrating our Patriarch's birthday every year by camping together at Belfair State Park on Hood Canal... with all 34 of our family members joining together to celebrate Dad's 91st birthday last year.
Durwood's friends were very important to him. He made lifelong neighborhood friends, who joined together as extended family on camping trips, clam digging and the annual New Year's Eve Celebrations where they all danced and taught the kids how to dance.
Woody began his working adventures as a bookkeeper at a fishing cannery in the northern reaches of Alaska. Returning to Kent with his riches, he was then employed at Boeing as a Pattern Maker until 1959. Realizing that his heart was in construction, he learned cabinetry. As his skills grew he began a Custom Construction Company and built custom homes for the rest of his working career. When he retired he built their home where they lived for 33 years in their chosen Kennydale community.
He was a member of the St Matthews Lutheran Church in the Renton Highlands.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Gertie Blood, and his son-in-law, James Hall.
A family graveside service will be held on Monday, November 9th. Due to Covid restrictions limiting attendance to 30 people, a celebration of life will be planned at a future date.
In lieu of flowers a donation may be made to help fight hunger by supporting Renton's Sustainable Free Grocery Store at St Matthews Lutheran Church.
We love you Durwood, Dad, Papa and friend you will be greatly missed in our lives.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Durwood Elrado Blood
Linda and Gene Hicks
November 14, 2020
Woody was always such a gentleman, very kind and he liked to tease. I enjoyed his sense of humor and will miss sitting beside him in the back pew. Love, Linda