EAST FISHKILL, N.Y. —Donald H. Wood, 83, a resident of Hopewell Junction and previously of Missouri, passed away June 23, 2016 at home surrounded by his family.
Born Dec. 19, 1932, in Evanston, Ill., Wood was the son of Herbert and Gladys (McCauley) Wood.
On Dec. 29, 1962, in Bristol, Pa., he married the love of his life, Helen Byers, who predeceased him Sept. 29, 2000.
Wood proudly served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War.
He was a senior engineer for IBM for 34 years, working in Kingston, Poughkeepsie and retiring from East Fishkill in 1991. During his career, he was named the inventor of several patents.
He was a parishioner of St. Mary, Mother of the Church in Fishkill, where he served as a lector, usher, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the parish council. He was part of the Cursillo Movement and the REC prison ministry. He was very involved with Birthright of Dutchess County as a volunteer, treasurer and managing their Fishkill office. He loved woodworking, electronics and working on cars.
He is survived by his children, Mary Muth and her husband Bill of LaGrangeville, Amy Parks and her husband Don of Sherburne, Theresa Athanas and her husband Ted of Hyde Park and Karen Wood; his grandchildren, Teddy Athanas, Sarah Muth, Robert Muth, Andrew Parks, and Douglas Parks; his siblings, Fr. Robert Wood, CM, Leroy Wood, Joseph Wood, John Wood and his wife Elaine, Ruth Ellen Wood, Barbara Sanders and her husband Michael, Dorothy Gleich and her husband Thom; and his sister-in-law, Carol Wood.
In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by his siblings, Herbert Wood, Francis Wood, and Maryann Redmond.
Memorial Donations may be made to Birthright of Dutchess County or Hudson Valley Hospice.
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