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The San Diego Union-Tribune, April 4, 2004.

Richard Samuel Wood

1st Sgt. Richard Samuel Wood, USMC, on Guadalcanal, 1944.

At left:
1st Sgt. R. S. Wood, USMC, on Guadalcanal, 1944.
Photo courtesy of his grand-daughter, Heidi Aiem.
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Feb. 25, 1919 to March 29, 2004.

Richard S. Wood of Spring Valley passed away peacefully on March 29, 2004.

He was born in Wilmore, Kansas and served in the U.S. Marines from 1939 to 1945, attaining the rank of First Sergeant. Richard was a firefighter for the City of San Diego for 16 years and, after retirement, was the unofficial goodwill ambassador of the Spring Valley Swap Meet.

He will be dearly missed by his family, Christina Griffin (daughter); Richard W. Wood (son); six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He will be buried in Wilmore, Kansas. Arrangements: Simple Tribute.

No services are planned locally. However, Sunday, April 4, 2004 will be "Woody Day" at the Spring Valley Swap Meet.

From the site guestbook:

Name: heidi aiem
Date: 2004-04-01

Hello! Thanks for the wonderful photos and history. I am the granddaughter of Richard Samuel Wood. I found this site by accident about 3 weeks ago and downloaded some of the pictures and story about his mother (Christina Sadie Griffin) and his grandmother (Christina Baird Booth). He was thrilled to see that his mom is "famous" being on the internet and all.

My grandfather died suddenly on March 29, 2004 -- just a week or so after looking at the information from this site and seeing the photograph of his mother and grandmother. My mother (also Christina Wood Griffin) and the rest of our family will be traveling to Wilmore next week to take Richard's remains to the Wilmore Cemetery to be laid to rest in his parent's plot. We will be staying at the Comanche Inn in Coldwater from April 9 - 11, 2004. Would love to talk to you then.

Thanks again for all of the wonderful information about my maternal grandfather's life.


Also see:

John Wesley Anderson

William & Martha (Landrum) STEWART

Helen Margaret (Wood) Pendergraft, sister of Richard Samuel Wood.

Ruth (Wood) Baker, sister of Richard S. Wood.

Eulah Booth (Wood) Trummel, sister of Richard S. Wood.

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This page was created 06 April 2004; it was last updated 15 January 2006.