Arthur Clare Wood passed away on Monday, August 12, 2019 in St. Johns, Michigan. He is survived by his four children: Erin (Mark) Walling, Teresa (Larry) Zuker, Gregory (Kathy) Wood, and Cameron (Heather) Wood. He was an amazing grandfather to Christopher (Emily) Walling, Megan Walling, Zachary (Ursula) Zuker, Ian Wood, Nathan Wood, Liam Wood, and Evan Wood. In addition, he is survived by four siblings: Louis (Virginia) Wood, Velita St. Peter, Joyce (Dave) Bussema, and Betty Maxwell. Art is also survived by brother-in-law, Gary (Tammy) Steere, and sister-in-law Ardeth Steere. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, and wife of nearly 63 years, Arlene. Five brothers also passed before him: Mylon, James, George, Rex, and Donald, and brother-in-law, William Steere. He will also be greatly missed by a number of nieces, nephews, and cherished friends. Art was born to Myron and Jennie (Bollinger) Wood on January 10, 1932 on a farm near Vestaburg, Michigan. He loved being the youngest brother in this large, boisterous farm family and would tell stories of taking cows out to pasture, hunting with his brothers, tipping over outhouses, skating from pond to pond, and riding to Alma in a Model T, working the broken windshield wipers with string from the back seat. After high school graduation in 1950, he joined the Air Force to see the world (well, maybe not Korea). After completing initial training, he was stationed in Rapid City, South Dakota for four years, serving as a military policeman. While there, he was an extra in a Charlton Heston movie and served as honor guard for presidential candidate, Dwight Eisenhower. After completing his military service, he returned to Michigan. As fate would have it, he met Arlene Steere, at the Crystal Roller Rink and they married on June 30, 1956 at the Crystal Congregational Church. Art and Arlene made their first home in Big Rapids, where Art attended Ferris State College, earning a bachelor’s degree in accounting. Following college, Art and Arlene moved to St. Johns, Michigan where they made their home for the rest of their lives. He began his career as the head of accounting at Federal Mogul for a number of years. He also served as the business manager of St. Johns Public Schools, and finished his accomplished professional career as Vice President of F C Mason. Art modeled the work ethic that he expected from his children, often repeating the phrase, “Always work more than you are paid for, and someday you will be paid more than you work.” Art was an active community member and served on the boards of Clinton Memorial Hospital and Hazel Findlay Manor. He also attended the First Congregational Church. Not only was Art a dedicated professional, but also a loving and supportive husband, father, and grandfather. He was ever present in all of our lives attending everything from dance recitals to wrestling matches in support of his kids and grandkids. Art spent quality time with all of us and was responsible for organizing many family adventures. The Wood family enjoyed epic road trips, camping in Michigan and the western United States, and white water rafting in Colorado and West Virginia. A celebration of Art’s life will be held Thursday, August 22, 2019 at the First Congregational Church in St. Johns at 11:30 AM. The family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. The address of the church is 100 Maple Avenue. Our family wishes to thank Dr. John MacDonald for his compassionate care and concern throughout Dad’s life, and ultimately through his final illness. His calm, reassuring presence made these last weeks easier for all of us. In lieu of flowers, please consider Sparrow Clinton Hospital Foundation as a memorial.The address for the foundation is 805 S. Oakland Street, St. Johns, MI 48879. The family was assisted with these arrangements by Keck-Coleman Funeral Home, St. Johns.
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