Gerald W. "Wayne" Wood
October 7, 1935 – July 20, 2018
Springfield, IL-Gerald W. “Wayne” Wood, 82, a lifelong resident of Springfield, passed away peacefully at 6:55 pm Friday, July 20, 2018 at Memorial Medical Center with his family by his side. Wayne was born Oct. 7, 1935 the son of Harold M. “Merlon” and Daisy Lee (Massey) Wood. He married Rita Hogarth in 1953 and she preceded him in death in 1994. He was also preceded in death by 2 brothers, Walter and Dale and a sister, Bonnie J. Lohr. Wayne was the owner and operator of Wayne Wood Heating and Cooling for many years, an expertise he would pass down to his sons. He later became a stationary engineer for the State of Illinois working at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield, retiring after 10 years of service. A true outdoorsman, he was an avid hunter, fisherman, and loved to hunt mushrooms. He also enjoyed wood working. He found great joy spending time with nature, especially the time with family at the farm in Pike County. Above all, he loved his family and worked hard to provide for them. He had the heart of a teacher, whether it was giving advice and direction of life’s lessons, leading by example of a strong work ethic and building a reputation that his family can be proud of. He was a member of Springfield Lodge #4 AF&AM, the Ansar Shrine, Springfield Consistory, Scottish Rite, and the Royal Order of Jesters. He was also a member of the Sangamon County Farm Bureau and the NRA. Surviving are his children: Cindy Hopkins, of Springfield, Steve (companion Venetia Schnapp) Wood of Chatham, Diana (companion Frank McGowan) Mohr of Springfield, Mike (wife Shelly) Wood of Loami, Shelly Bayha of Battle Creek, MI, Darrin (wife Tonya) Wood of New Berlin, and Curt Wood of Chatham. There are 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Cremation Rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 am Friday, July 27, 2018 in Roselawn Memorial Park. Rev. John Hayes will officiate. A celebration of life will be held at a date to be announced at the family farm in Pike County.
n lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Central Illinois Food Bank 1937 E. Cook St. Springfield, IL 62703 or the Catch a Dream Foundation 2485 Ennis Rd. Starkville, MS 39759. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.bischfuneralhome.com Arrangements are in the care of Bisch Funeral Home 544-5424
- Surviving are his children: Cindy Hopkins, of Springfield, Steve (companion Venetia Schnapp) Wood of Chatham, Diana (companion Frank McGowan) Mohr of Springfield, Mike (wife Shelly) Wood of Loami, Shelly Bayha of Battle Creek, MI, Darrin (wife Tonya) Wood of New Berlin, and Curt Wood of Chatham. There are 18 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
- Central Illinois Food Bank
- Catch A Dream Foundation
- Graveside Service Friday, July 27, 2018
Gerald W. "Wayne" Wood
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July 28, 2018
Even though I was born & raised in Springfield, and always remembered Wayne & Rita at family re-unions, Wayne and I were never really close, I suppose because of being only extended family, but every memory I have of him was a good one.
I haven’t been to Springfield that much since leaving for Colorado in 1974 after helping Dave Wood move there, but whenever I was in Springfield, I tried to visit Wayne. I am very thankful to have seen him just last year, and will always remember how gracious and polite he still was.
He was a premium guy and a rare gentlemen like you very seldom meet, and as I understand it, also with a heart of gold. He will be missed.
Denver, Colorado & Bangkok, Thailand
Laurie Lenkart- Howe
July 26, 2018
I always remember your dad as being a gentle kind man with a good sense of humor. Your home on Spaulding Orchard Road was a fun place. Both your parents were wonderful people.
It is hard to write about the passing of a parent. It is felt in the core of your soul. I, and the rest of my family, feel for you all at this time of loss.
Laurie and family
July 26, 2018
Wayne was a good guy, as everyone knows. One of the nicest "almost stepdad" (inside joke), i've had the pleasure to know. And passed it on to all of his kids and grandkids, as well.
My prayers go out to all of his family and friends.
July 24, 2018
I met Wayne several decades ago after purchasing my home and having him look at my heating and air conditioning system. A very friendly man who was quite knowledgeable. We spoke a few times about hunting in Pike county along with great spots for finding mushrooms. My wife and I wish to express our sympathy to the families. May you rest in the Lords kingdom.
July 24, 2018
Wayne was a good man. He was one of the many positive male role models in my life. The Wood family is part of my extended family. I pray for peace and healing for everyone.