Thomas Ray Wood, 82, of Prescott, died May 25, 2023, at his home in Prescott. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at Pearson Family Funeral Service & Cremation Center, Corning, with Pastor Gary Shea officiating. The family requests casual attire for all events. Burial will be in the North Fairview Cemetery, Lenox. Open visitation with family receiving friends, will be 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 31 at the funeral home.
Memorials may be directed to the family, to be determined. Memories and condolences may be shared on-line at www.pearsonfuneralhomes.com.
Tom was born Nov. 20, 1940, to Joe Thomas and Violet Ellen (Stone) Wood, at his grandparents’ home near Artesia, New Mexico.
He attended school in Artesia, graduating from Artesia High School in 1959. After graduation he worked in the oil fields around Artesia and then in Utah. He eventually moved to Bremerton, Washington, where he worked at Todd Shipyard in Seattle, Keyport Naval Torpedo Station in Keyport and Puget Sound Naval Shipyard in Bremerton. He was drafted into the Army in November 1966 and was stationed at Fort Story, Virginia, as a Marine hull repairman. He was honorably discharged in November 1968 and returned to Bremerton, where he was a welder and pipefitter at PSNS.
On Aug. 24, 1969, he and Doloris Bovaird were united in marriage in Wollochet, Washington. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Melissa, Michael and Daniel.
In November 1976, the family moved to the Corning area where they felt they could raise their children near Doloris’ family in a rural community safer than in the city. Tom worked for Britten Manufacturing in Creston from 1977 to 2003 when the business closed. Health problems forced Tom into retirement at that time. He was able to spend many hours with his grandchildren and he loved them very much.
Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Ellen Wood; parents-in-law, Carl and Vera Bovaird; two sisters, Carolyn Sue Trujillo and Sheryl Clark; brother Wayne Wood and wife Kathy; two nieces and four nephews.
He is survived by his wife of nearly 54 years, Doloris; daughter Melissa Wood of Omaha, Nebraska; son Michael Wood and wife, Carrie, of Corning and their sons, Ryan (Erika Christensen) of Orient, Bryson Wood and Brayden Wood of Corning; son, Daniel and wife, Janet, of Hurley, Missouri, and their daughters Megan Wood (Sasha Schwartz) of Chicago, Illinois, and Allison Wood (Clay Sartin) of Marshfield, Missouri; one great-grandson, Daniel Thomas Wood of Marshfield; brother Bill Wood of Artesia; sister Josie Van Curen of Lovington, New Mexico; brother-and-sister-in-law Dean and Diane Bovaird of Corning; sister-and-brother-in-law Marlene and Wayne Hardisty of Corning; many nieces, nephews and cousins.