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Joseph William Wood, Jr.

February 22, 1942 February 22, 2018
Joseph William Wood, Jr.
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Obituary for Joseph William Wood, Jr.

Joseph W. “Joe” Wood, Jr., 76, died Thursday, February 22, 2018, surrounded by his family at the Hospice House of Mercy in Hiawatha due to lymphoma.
Private family interment was held in St. Mary Cemetery, Vinton. A Memorial Mass celebrating Joe's life will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton followed by lunch and a time of fellowship in the Parish Hall.
Joe was born February 22, 1942, in Monticello, Iowa, the son of Joseph William and Myrna Joyce Wood, Sr. He graduated from Washington High School in Vinton in 1960.
On July 27, 1963, Joe was united in marriage with Judith Annette Mitrisin in Eddyville, Iowa. She preceded him in death on October 3, 2012.
Joe worked for D.C. Taylor and McDowell’s. He was also self-employed and was a well-known contractor/carpenter in the Vinton area, leaving his signature on every project he completed.
Joe was a member and Eucharistic minister at St. Mary Catholic Church in Vinton and was active in the Knights of Columbus. He’d been a member of the Vinton Jaycees and the Bee Club. He enjoyed nature and outdoor activities such as tending his honeybees, hunting and mushrooming. He loved attending his grandchildren’s activities and taking them on adventures. His own adventures included skydiving and rescuing orphaned animals. Joe was a mentor to many and a good man.
Joe is survived by his children, Jody (Neil Hetherington) Nelson of Eagan, MN; Julie (Doug) Schmidt and Jason (Sara) Wood, both of Cedar Rapids; his fiancée, Judy Burkey, of Vinton; three brothers: Ed (Roxie) and Loren (Laura) Wood, both of Vinton; Jay (Angie) Wood of Hinckley, OH; step-brother, Dennis (Pat) Powers of Vinton; three sisters: LaVonne Paulson and Wanita Karnopp, both of St. Petersburg, FL; and Sharon (Jim Coontz) Allsup of La Porte City; seven grandchildren: Bradley (Michelle) Kelley, Jennifer and Isaac Schmidt, and Troy, Jaden, Kaylee and Mark Wood; and one great-granddaughter, Carlee Kelley (plus another one on the way).
He was preceded in death by his parents; step-mother, Camillo Wood; his wife, Judy; a brother, Mickial Wood; and his faithful sidekick, Woobie.
A memorial fund has been established.

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11:00 AM 3/3/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Mary Catholic Church,

2200 2nd Ave
Vinton, IA 52349

St. Mary Catholic Church,
2200 2nd Ave Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Cemetery Details


St. Mary Cemetery Final Resting Place

R Ave
Vinton, IA 52349

R Ave Vinton 52349 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

A fund has been established.

1212 1st Avenue
Vinton, IA 52349

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