Submitted by: Dan Rich
Edward F. Wood
Sept. 29, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2002
South Bend Tribune 11/19/2002
Edward F. Wood, 71, of Sioux Falls, S.D., formerly of South Bend, Ind., passed away after a long illness on Saturday, Nov. 16, in his residence.
Mr. Woods was born on Sept. 29, 1931, in South Bend, to Edward and Margarette Wood. During the Korean War, in 1951-1954, he served in the Navy as a mechanic and flight engineer on a Navy bomber. In 1956 he married Mary Lou Godfrey.
After graduating from college he served as a high school teacher, coach and administrator for 12 years in Indiana. He also spent two years on the staff of the University of North Dakota. Ed served as director of the Southeast Vocation-Technical Institute from 1969-1986, and nine more years with school developing programs for area businesses and manufacturers. In 1976 he married Wilma Jean Kooi. In 1998 he was employed part-time by the Associated General Contractors to work with the apprentice programs.
He is survived by his wife, Wilma Jean of Sioux Falls; four daughters, Laurie (David) McKee of Yankton, S.D., Pam (Rick) Hazzard of Boise, Idaho, Paula (Brett) Bartels of Casa Grande, Ariz., and Penny (Scott) Hanisch of Hartford, S.D.; two sons, John (Brenda) Wood of Rock Valley, Iowa, and Pat (Cheri) Wood of Sioux Falls; 15 grandchildren; his stepfather, Rev. H. Paul Smith of Lakeland, Fla.; a sister, Alanna M. Chmiel of South Bend; a brother, Dennis (Joyce) Wood of South Bend; two step-brothers, Carl E. (Carol) Smith of Gettysburg, Pa., and Richard A. Smith of South Bend; and by a special brother-in-law, M. Joseph (Nancy) Chmiel of Mishawaka, Ind.
Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in the First Reformed Church, Sioux Falls. Burial will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery. Visitation will take place in the Heritage Funeral Home, Sioux Falls. Memorial contributions may be made to the Center of Hope, Faith in Action at First Reformed Church or Avera McKennan Hospice, all of Sioux Falls. The Zahoran Funeral Home handled local arrangements.