Ricky Lee Wood
Dec. 21, 1950 - June 5, 2012
MISHAWAKA - Ricky Lee Wood, 61, of Mishawaka, passed away in his home on Tuesday, June 5, 2012. Ricky was born in Mishawaka on December 21, 1950 to Robert Cecil Wood and Mildred E. (Schroff) Wood, both of whom preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his sister, April Ann Mitts, in March of 2009.
Ricky is survived by his son, Jason Wood of Valparaiso, IN. He is further survived by nine brothers and sisters: Kay (Gail) Kahlenbeck of Mishawka, Robert E. Wood of Mishawaka, Roger (Beverly) Wood of South Bend, Rodney (Victoria) Wood of South Bend, Ross A. Wood of Mishawaka, Robin (Mary Leann) Wood of South Bend, Spring (David) Renes of Mishawaka, Rae (Dennis) Beehler of Wakarusa, and Lisa (Matthew) Zimmer of Bremen.
Ricky was a 1969 graduate of Penn High School, Mishawaka. He was employed at Nyloncraft, Inc. in Mishawaka where he served as a union steward. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 360 in Mishawaka. After graduation from high school, Ricky attended Rets Technical College in South Bend, where he studied radio and television communications. In 1970, Ricky enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he specialized in military communications. Ricky was especially proud of his military service. He proudly served in the 121st Signal Battalion of the 1st Infantry Division ("The Big Red One"). As a Staff Sergeant in the Signal Corps, he was responsible for testing and repairing AM/FM communications while stationed in Vietnam, Giessen, German, Holloman Air Force Base in Alamogordo, NM, White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico and Fort Riley, Kansas. Ricky earned designation as an expert rifleman and was awarded several medals for his military service including two Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry. After nearly nine years of service, Ricky left the military. He continued working in the telecommunications field and made his home in Stone Mountain and Norcross, Georgia for thirteen years before returning to the Michiana area.
Ricky will be remembered by his family for his infectious laugh and sense of humor, his unrelenting teasing, his hilarious talent for storytelling, his inability to keep score no matter what the contest, his love of burnt toast, and his poor pancake-making abilities. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at noon at Bubb's Funeral Chapel, 3910 N. Main St., Mishawaka. Friends may call to pay their respects two hours prior to the service. Graveside services with military honors will immediately follow at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park, Mishawaka. Memorial contributions may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Attn: Gift Processing, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
Published in South Bend Tribune on June 10, 2012
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