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J. DEAN WOOD
J. Dean Wood, age 88, of rural Canton, MO, died Tuesday, March 9, 2010, in River Hills Village
in Keokuk, IA.
Joseph Dean Wood was born on March 25, 1921 on the family farm near Peaksville, MO, the
youngest son of Joseph Baird and Clara Georetta Barrows Wood.
On May 18, 1950 he and Ruby Pauline Hunziker were married in Springfield, Mo by Rev. Hugh Isabell.
Dean graduated from Revere High School in 1939. After high school he trimmed trees around
the Midwest. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the Japanese theater. His unit was
one of the first units to arrive in Japan after the atomic bombing.
After the war, Dean and his brothers operated a Sinclair service station in Kahoka. He then
worked at Keokuk Steel Casting in Keokuk until 1966 when he and Pauline bought the business that
they would name Wood's Packaged Liquor and Fireworks. They would serve the public until 1992 when they closed the station. They continued to run the fireworks business until 2007 when the new road
was opened and the old Highway 61 was closed. Dean felt the best part of the business was meeting the public and sharing in their life experiences. It was said that many a problem was solved over a cold
bottle of soda pop while standing around and loafing.
He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years Pauline, son Ronnie (Ryanne) of rural Canton;
daughters Connie (Steve) Cloud of Mt. Zion, IL and Trudy (Michael) Tanner of Sleepy Hollow, IL; six
grandchildren, Brendan Hammel of rural Canton; Brandon (Linda) Cloud of Springfield, IL; Justin
(Nicki) Cloud of Bloomingdale, IL; and Austin, Carson and Olivia Tanner of Sleepy Hollow, IL; sister-in
laws Nettie Bash of Murphreesboro, TN, and Lois Hunziker of Kahoka, MO, and brother-in-law Earl
(Gladys) Hunziker of Hamilton, IL, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Dale (Tina) and Stuart (Alberta).
Funeral services were held Friday, March 12, 2010 at 10 a.m. at Wilson Funeral Home in
Kahoka with Pastor Shawn McAfee officiating. Burial with full military honors followed in the
Memorials are suggested to the Peaksville Christian Church.
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