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Richard E. Wood, 81 passed away due to an unfortunate accident on May 6,2019. He was born March 26, 1938 in Idaho Falls Idaho to Charles L. Wood and Edris Bybee. He had two sisters and four brothers who he loved dearly. He moved to Roy Utah where he loved playing football and wrestling for Weber High. Spending his summers in West Yellowstone working in a lodge. After graduating high school, he was in attendance at Utah State University. During his senior year he was drafted into the Army for the Vietnam War. He served in Vietnam for about 11 months before returning stateside. He was in the military all together 13 years before discharging as a Master Sergeant.
He later owned his own Chevron station called Woody’s Chevron in Ogden, Utah. He also loved being a member of the Weber County Jeep Patrol. This kept him in the outdoors that he loved. He loved hunting, riding horses, and being with family and friends. Selling the Chevron station, he began working at Jack B. Parson’s driving a cement truck. During this time, he was introduced to Judith and her daughter Holly age two. Marrying Judith in July 1 of 1976 and adopting Holly when she was 3. He is said to have just fallen in love with both of them. Just a couple of years later Judith gave birth to his second daughter Jennifer. Raising them in the town of Huntsville so that he could give them the life that he loved of riding horses and skiing.
He started working at Powder Mountain as a shuttle driver in 1982. He loved being needed when it came to the mountain. Always meeting new people and having a laugh. He was working there on the weekends and holidays driving one of the first shuttle buses. A few years later he also took on the task of being the night manager. One thing you can definitely say is Woody had one of the best work ethics out there. Woody could work around a young man in his twenties. He knew how to work, and he expected it out of the people around him. Raising his daughters up at Powder Mountain and watching them ski and snowboard brought him joy and happiness. He would include his kids in working up there and wanting them to be good workers.
Woody later was divorced from Judith but remained good friends with her. They would go on family trips with the kids and grand kids. He always put the happiness of his family first. Woody continued working up at Powder Mountain, eventually he stopped his position as night manager, but remained as director of transportation. He made many friends up at the mountain and enjoyed hearing from them often. Woody got a big kick out of magazine companies and other articles written about him. He really enjoyed WOODY’S WORLD up at Powder Mountain. They were considered part of his family. Woody finally retired during the 2017/2018 season. Woody never really considered himself as retired. Never really wanting to throw in the towel completely. During the summers he could always be seen driving his dump truck all over the valley. Once again, the darn work ethic would not allow him to take a day off. The only thing that would make him take a break were his grand kids. He was so proud of all of them and enjoyed watching them excel at many aspects of their lives. He loved his family dearly. He enjoyed getting together for the Wood reunion every other year. It was a big event at his house that brought him so much joy. Woody was a great Dad, Grandpa, Family man and friend and we will all miss him greatly. Love you DAD!! We will miss you.
Richard is survived by his two loving daughters Holly (Wood) and Jason Munns, Jennifer (Wood) and Tom Summerill and his friend and ex-wife Judith Wood. He had seven grandchildren, Tanner Munns, Hunter Munns, Elie Munns, Lacie Munns, Todd Summerill, Josh Summerill and Lorin Summerill, his brother Bill Wood and wife Lucielle; sister, Bonnie Hatch, and brother Paul Wood and wife Jeanne.
He is preceded in death by his father and mother, Charles Wood and Edris Bybee Wood, his sister Lousie, brother Eugene and Coleen Wood, brother Russell Wood and brother-in-law Larry Hatch. Woody always loved his family and will be greatly missed.
There will be a viewing May 10 from 6;00 to 9:00 pm at the Huntsville LDS Church at 277 South 7400 East Huntsville Utah. and Saturday May 11 from 11:00 to 11:45 am prior to the Funeral Service. Funeral Services will begin at 12:00 pm. All are welcome.
Interment will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery, 2355 Rollandet St., Idaho Falls, ID.