Ralph R. Wood

Ralph R. Wood passed away the morning of March 1, 2019, at the age of 88, peacefully in his home after a gradual decline in health.

Ralph was born on September 2, 1930, in Tomball, TX, to the late Robert and Helen Wood. He was the oldest of 1 brother and 1 sister. Ralph was a Korean War Veteran. He served as a United States Marine from 1948-1959. Afterwards, his skills as a mechanic became his way of living until he had the opportunity to pursue his passion for teaching high school history and English.

Ralph is survived by: his wife of 35 years, Janice Wood; eight sons; Jimmy (Donna), Ray (Mevelyn), Dale, Billy (Julie), Charles (Alissa), Arthur Kelly (Nicole), William Ellis (Nicole) and John Matthew (Frannie); and three daughters, Mary Beth (George), Regina (Joseph) and Helen. Ralph was blessed with 28 grandkids (2 unborn), 24 great-grandkids and 5 great-great grandkids.

A Memorial Service to honor the life of Ralph Wood will be conducted on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at the New Testament Baptist Church located at 150 E. Trinity Acres, Safford AZ, 85546. Rev. Randall MacDonald will officiate.

Online condolences may be offered at www.viningfuneralhome.com

Arrangements and cremation are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.