Richard A. Wood, 78, of 315 North Main St., Youngsville, passed away peacefully, October 26, 2013 at his residence after a courageous battle with cancer.
He was born May 10, 1935 in Warren, a son of the late Kenneth and Edna (McKinney) Wood. Richard was a 1954 graduate of Youngsville High School where he excelled in many sports. He then went on to serve in the US Army from October of 1955 to August of 1957, serving in Germany for 18 months. He had worked at Deluxe Metal and formerly owned Millie’s Inn in Youngsville. He also worked as a bartender for many years at many of the local establishments. He retired from the Warren Co. Transit Authority. Richard was a former member of the Youngsville Sports Boosters and the Hot Stove Baseball League. He was a member of the Corry Elks Club, the Lakewood Rod and Gun Club, the Youngsville Senior Golf League and the Sunset Valley Golf Course. He was a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan and enjoyed making $2 bets with Jim Rose, a diehard Notre Dame fan, and Darbee Harrington, a diehard Buffalo Bill’s fan, but one who really wanted to be a Steelers fan.
He is survived by his wife, Kaye Storms Wood, 4 stepsons; Thomas (Gretchen) Trask of St. Marys, Neil (Amy) Trask of Youngsville, Jeff (Dawn) Carlson of Long Island, N.Y. and Brad (Maria) Carlson of Doylestown, Pa., 2 step daughters; Durinda (Bob) Darling of Youngsville, and Debbie (Kenneth) Clarner of Port Crane, N.Y., 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife Jean L. Wood in 1989, and 4 brothers, Cleon, Jack, Ronald and Neil Wood.
Friends will be received on Wednesday from 47 p.m. at the Nelson Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 314 N. Main St. in Youngsville. A funeral service will be held there on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. with the Rev. Marcus Briggs, pastor of the Rouse Warren Co. Home, and the Rev. Ricky D. Nelson, pastor of the EUM Church in Youngsville, coofficiating. Burial will be in the Youngsville Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donation be made to the Warren Cancer Center or to Hospice of Warren County, both at 2 Crescent Dr., Warren, Pa. 16365.
Condolences to the family may be made at www.nelsonfuneralhome.net.