Emil “Clark” Wood, 84, of Galena, passed away early Saturday morning, July 23, 2011 at Riverside Hospital.
He was born on Dec. 5, 1926 in Ft. Wayne, IN to the late Leonard F. and Florence (Brittenham) Wood. As a youth, he earned the Eagle Rank in Boy Scouts and was active in De Molay. After graduating from North Side High School of Ft. Wayne in 1945, he enrolled in the International Business College, graduating in 1948. He became office manager for Martin Engineering and in 1948 met his first wife of 21 years, Marguerite (Cochran).
In 1950 he proudly answered the call to duty, serving in the US Army, a veteran of the Korean Conflict. He graduated from Bowling Green University in 1962, earning a degree in education with triple majors. He began his teaching career in North Baltimore, OH. He then taught in the Ottawa Glandorf School District. On March 1, 1972, his wife Marguerite died. He then met Carol (Culver) Lohr in 1975, and they married July 9, 1977.
Clark began teaching for the Big Walnut School System in 1977 and was most proud earning a MA degree in history from The Ohio State University while teaching. He retired from teaching in 1988. He held several part-time jobs during his retirement years, until due to health concerns, doctors advised him to fully retire.
Throughout his life, Clark had many loves, first and foremost his devoted wife: Carol, his beloved companion dogs, golf, archery, tennis and reading history books and mysteries. A man of deep and abiding faith, he fervently studied the Bible.
He was dedicated to every endeavor, enjoyed nature and was often seen doing yard work and plantings. While both intelligent and spiritual, he was an avid dog lover. He was a member of the Galena United Methodist Church and American Legion Post 457.
Always giving his best, Clark embodied the Scout Oath and Law. Till the very end, he enjoyed a sense of humor. He will be remembered for his work ethic, helpful nature, and most importantly his love of family.
He is survived and will be dearly missed by his treasured wife of 34 years: Carol (Culver), step-sons whom he considered his own: Curtis (Donna) Lohr of Bloomington, IN, Dwight (Terri) Lohr of Marion, eight grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and first wife Marguerite, he was also preceded in death by his twin brother Leonard Franklin Wood.
Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, Ohio 3 at Ohio 61, Sunbury. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at the Galena United Methodist Church, 2777 Sunbury Road, Galena, OH 43021 with the Rev. Jeff Croft officiating. Burial will follow in Sunbury Memorial Park with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Assoc. Memorial contributions can be made to his church.
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