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Donald Marion Wood

August 10, 1924 February 13, 2019
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Donald Marion Wood
Aug 10, 1924 – Feb 13, 2019

Donald Marion Wood, lately of Vancouver, Washington, died on February 13, 2019, at the age of 94.

Don was the seventh of eight children, born to John and Lillian Mae Wood to August 10, 1924. After spending his early life in Onawa, Iowa, the family moved west, settling on a stump farm near St. Helen’s, Oregon.

Enlisting in the Navy at 17, Don graduated at the top of his class before serving as a radioman on a PBY amphibious reconnaissance plane off the coast of Central America. He discharged in New York City, where he met Mildred Zakel. The couple married on December 1, 1946.

With all of his travels, Oregon remained Don’s home and he and his new bride made the long trek across country in the dead of winter. This adventure prepared the couple for their first two years in the Oregon countryside, living in a wall tent with newborn son, Gary, while Don built the family a two-story home. Over the next five years, the couple had three more boys: Alan, Brad, and David, with daughter, Amy, following late in 1956.

Don worked for US Plywood Mill in Lebanon for 15 years, before moving on to work in lumber mills in Red Bluff, California, Lewiston, Idaho, and Heppner, Oregon.

Following a divorce from Mildred, Don married Lois Upp in April, 1975, and the pair made their home in Lafayette until her death in February, 2004.

Don enjoyed mentoring with young people, volunteering with 4-H and as a youth group leader in his church. He enjoyed woodworking, and later in life, took up golf. However, music was his primary interest.

Don was a long-standing member of the Oregon Oldtime Fiddlers Association, and he loved singing, yodeling, and playing guitar. Music was a passion he shared with his family. At every family gathering he could be found leading a sing-along, teaching his children and grandchildren his favorite cowboy and western songs.

He is preceded in death by his parents, siblings: Avilie, Harold, Wyona, Gareld, Floy, Floyd, and Duane; his first wife, Mildred, and wife Lois.

Don is survived by his five children: Gary (Vera), Alan (Diane), Brad (Gail), David, and Amy, and by step-daughters Sharon Drew (Ed), Linda Herzog (David), as well as his numerous grand- and great grand-children, and by his companion, Dee Mihalik.

A celebration of life for Donald Wood will be held at 1:30pm, March 30, at Covenant Church, 2155 NW 2nd Street, McMinnville, Oregon, 97128. Please RSVP to Diane Schmitt at 1-360-518-4762.


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