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William R. Wood


William R. Wood
Born Sept. 15, 1923, Bill passed away peacefully in the Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage at noon, Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, of leukemia. Bill was a longtime summer resident of Big Bear, and he loved his Whispering Forest mountain home hosting a neighborhood 4th of July potluck for 38 years. Bill and his wife, Carol, have attended the Spirit of Peace Lutheran Church regularly for the past few years, and Carol was an active member of the Big Bear Garden Club. They loved the Old Miners Day parade and attended each of them for more than 30 years.

On Labor Day, Bill was rushed to the Big Bear emergency room and later transferred down to Eisenhower Hospital. After a week in the hospital he was moved to a rehab center with hopes that he would be back in their Indio winter home soon.

Bill had polio as a young man. It came back as post-polio in 1996. He began using a cane, then a walker, and was wheelchair-bound for the past five years. He never complained, and his smile warmed any room he occupied. He was an engineer who truly enjoyed his profession, both as owner of his own business and later working in the aerospace industry until he retired. Bill was proud of his 8-year Navy career, and his interment was at the Riverside National Cemetery. Bill is survived by his wife of 44 years, Carol, and his 3 daughters, Cherry, Claudia, and Carol Sue.


"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Thursday, October 20, 2011 2:18 pm
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper