On April 29th, 2022, Ronald William Wood of Kirkland, WA lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his son Jesse Wood, Ron is also survived by his two grandkids Sage and Saxon, his daughter in law Amber and his brothers Darryl and Gerald Wood.
Ron was born in 1947 to James and Shirley Wood. He graduated from Sammamish High School in 1965. Soon after graduation he joined the United States Marines Corps and headed to Vietnam where he achieved the rank of Corporal and specialized in 60mm mortars. He would look back on his service fondly and proudly talk about how it changed his life forever and made him a better man.
Upon his return he grew out his hair and most of all his trademark mustache and enjoyed all that the late sixties and early seventies had to offer. It was during this that he would create the kind of stories that could not be shared in polite company. It was also during this time that he would meet his wife Cheryl and create one of the greatest kids (his words) of all time. Jesse.
In 1975 Ron purchased a home in Kirkland WA where he would raise his son Jesse. His son would be forever grateful for his decision as he provided him with a warm loving place to grow up with many opportunities and the chance to meet wonderful friends and the wife that would be the mother of his grandkids.
Ron would go on to be one of the most legendary fathers and grandfathers of all time. He would lead by example and make his son very proud of him. From a very young age his son would know how much his dad loved him. He showed his son the value of hard work and that nothing good comes for free. Ron’s help was always a phone call away. He would always make time to pick up the kids from school or help his son install one of his many furniture creations well into his 70s. With a back brace of course!
Ron loved life. He was almost always smiling and always on the go. He worked hard at the same job for over 40 years and never used a sick day. He was very proud of that. Ron loved working in the yard and taking trips to the family cabin on Hoods Canal. Ron was an avid outdoors man and would create wonderful memories with his family on his many hunting and fishing trips throughout the years.
Ron also loved the holidays. Especially Christmas. He spread the Christmas spirit like no other. He would answer the phone by saying Ho Ho Ho throughout the month of December. He would spend hours finding the perfect gifts for his family and would make lists just like Santa Clause. Most importantly he taught his son to love Christmas too. The two of them never missed the traditional tree cutting and would send each other pictures of the new decoration they found throughout the season. His son would go on to share the spirit of Christmas with his kids.
Ron Wood made a big impact on many people’s lives and will truly be missed. But his spirit will live on with the ones that loved him. Ron will be buried in the Kirkland Cemetery on June 18th, 2022, in a small ceremony with full Military Honors, and a Celebration of his Life at our house afterwards. Rest in Peace Dad. I love you and will never forget you!
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