Ronald William Wood


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Ronald William Wood

On April 29th, 2022, Ronald William Wood of Kirkland, WA lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his son Jesse Wood, Ron is also survived by his two grandkids Sage and Saxon, his daughter in law Amber and his brothers Darryl and Gerald Wood.

Ron was born in 1947 to James and Shirley Wood. He graduated from Sammamish High School in 1965. Soon after graduation he joined the United States Marines Corps and headed to Vietnam where he achieved the rank of Corporal and specialized in 60mm mortars. He would look back on his service fondly and proudly talk about how it changed his life forever and made him a better man.

Upon his return he grew out his hair and most of all his trademark mustache and enjoyed all that the late sixties and early seventies had to offer. It was during this that he would create the kind of stories that could not be shared in polite company. It was also during this time that he would meet his wife Cheryl and create one of the greatest kids (his words) of all time. Jesse.

In 1975 Ron purchased a home in Kirkland WA where he would raise his son Jesse. His son would be forever grateful for his decision as he provided him with a warm loving place to grow up with many opportunities and the chance to meet wonderful friends and the wife that would be the mother of his grandkids.

Ron would go on to be one of the most legendary fathers and grandfathers of all time. He would lead by example and make his son very proud of him. From a very young age his son would know how much his dad loved him. He showed his son the value of hard work and that nothing good comes for free. Ron’s help was always a phone call away. He would always make time to pick up the kids from school or help his son install one of his many furniture creations well into his 70s. With a back brace of course!

Ron loved life. He was almost always smiling and always on the go. He worked hard at the same job for over 40 years and never used a sick day. He was very proud of that. Ron loved working in the yard and taking trips to the family cabin on Hoods Canal. Ron was an avid outdoors man and would create wonderful memories with his family on his many hunting and fishing trips throughout the years.

Ron also loved the holidays. Especially Christmas. He spread the Christmas spirit like no other. He would answer the phone by saying Ho Ho Ho throughout the month of December. He would spend hours finding the perfect gifts for his family and would make lists just like Santa Clause. Most importantly he taught his son to love Christmas too. The two of them never missed the traditional tree cutting and would send each other pictures of the new decoration they found throughout the season. His son would go on to share the spirit of Christmas with his kids.

Ron Wood made a big impact on many people’s lives and will truly be missed. But his spirit will live on with the ones that loved him. Ron will be buried in the Kirkland Cemetery on June 18th, 2022, in a small ceremony with full Military Honors, and a Celebration of his Life at our house afterwards. Rest in Peace Dad. I love you and will never forget you!


15 Responses to “Ronald William Wood”

  • Patricia Roberts says:

    Ron was special to his extended family in Australia. We will miss your special visits. His love for family was like no other.RIP Ron. We will never forget you. 💖🌹 xx Trish

  • Cheryl Moncrief says:

    Ron was an amazing father and grandfather. There was no bigger joy than watching him with those two boys. He was just a big kid at heart! He was my best friend and emotional support. Thru him I know a lot of his Australian relatives, he would go Australia and come back with the best stories. Hon, you be thought of everyday and be missed always

  • Sandra VanderAa says:

    So many wonderful memories of my time spent with Uncle Ron. From our first visit to Seattle to spending time with him sampling Margaritas in Mexico and looking forward to his yearly Christmas Card he will always hold a special place in my heart.
    Sending love to those left behind
    Love Sandra and Adam xx

  • Sandra VanderAa says:

    So many special memories of a very special Uncle. From our first trip to the States to drinking Margaritas in Mexico, Ron was always their to make sure the Aussies had a great time.

    You will be missed by all, just know your memory will love on in our hearts.

    Love to Jessie, Amber, Sage, Saxon and the extended Wood family xx

  • Gerald Schmidt says:

    I had the pleasure of meeting Ron in the early 70s he was a great friend and fishing buddy. We would spend time fishing and talking at the cabin or at the lake, Ronny got along with everyone he met. I will truly miss his wit and humor, he was a true friend.

  • Vicki Telfer says:

    Ron was my cousin, whom I meant when I was 13yrs old. We were so excited to see him in Perth Australia, his mother’s home town. He was so proud to be half Australian. We were blessed with having many holidays with him, the whole families loved seeing him on many occasions. Our last visit with him was a surprise visit to Mexico which My self and sister Trish will hold dear to our hearts. We miss him so much. Will meet again one day love you Ron from Vicki, Grant, Bob and families xxxx

  • Matt Adams says:

    Ron was one of a kind. They don’t come around often…he loved his family and his country that he defended so bravely. He was people focused and was so kind and courteous to Stephanie and I whenever we would see him enjoying a caffeinated beverage at the local Starbucks In Fred Meyer. We always walked away and would talk about what a “great guy he is” even after knowing him for over 20 years. RIP Ron Wood 🙏🏽🇺🇸

  • Vicki and Grant Telfer says:

    I remember meeting Ron when I was 13years old, he came for leave from the Army, we were all so excited. We have had a very close relationship, many holidays in Australia and us going to Seattle. My sister Trish and myself surprised him in Mexico 2 weeks before he passed away. This was such a special time, we will always cherish. We will miss you Ron very much until we meet again, Luv your family from Aussieland xxx

  • Ken and Marianne Wood says:

    We treasure the many hours at Ron’s fire on the beach in front of his cabin. We walked over from our cabin when we saw his fire to listen to Ron’s stories and eat peanuts. That fire will continue with other family members where we will join them and talk about how much we miss Ron. We loved you dearly cousin.

  • Vicki and Grant Telfer says:

    Ron is my cousin, I meet him when I was 13yrs old, when he came to Perth Australia, his mother’s home land. Everyone was so excited, since that day the family has been close to him having many trips to Perth and us to the US. My last visit with my sister was in Mexico to surprise Ron, we had a great time, then he passed away approx 3 weeks after. We will always keep him in our hearts. Until we meet again. Keep smiling

  • Anita, Jon, Jesse & Melissa McElwain says:

    Ron was an amazing person that treated everyone as if they were family. We enjoyed all the good times we had spent with Ron and his family, including the good times we had at the beach cabin. You will be missed Ron. You will always be in our hearts. May you Rest In Peace. Love you and your family.
    The McElwains

  • Matt Carroll says:

    We will all miss Ron. He was a truly dedicated union worker, he was really committed in delivered his good labor through out his working career. He prided himself as his work was his statement of who Ron was. Thoughts and prayers to his family. May it help your hearts heal knowing that Ron had a positive impact on many of us who knew him. Special thanks for his military service to this Country and all of us. We love Ron!

    I am sorry I could not attend his service.

  • Kittos says:

    RIP ron, life is about making memories and we definitely have some from when you came to aus. Thankyou for introducing Halloween to our girls and the happiness you spread to those around you. Big hugs to jesse , heather and all the family xx. Ben, jodie , abby and ella

  • Scott Wood says:

    Spending time with uncle Ron was always fun! He had great stories, I will admit that some seemed a little too big in my thinking. This also reveals one of my favorite things about him, he was a joker. If, he always seemed to be successful, he could find a way to lighten the conversation then we all heard the joke or razz. Thinking back I never considered seriously how his razzing was not hurtful, essentially always in good taste and measured. This hints at his really big heart, especially with family. You are already missed greatly.

  • Craig Ortloff says:

    I had the pleasure of being Ron’s supervisor for 15 years in the Construction Dept. He was pretty much a self managed employee responsible for placing and overseeing the placement of conduit and pedastals in new housing developments all over the Eastsisde. He literally put in miles of conduit. I don’t ever recall Ron being in a bad mood. He always had fun doing his job. He was pretty much accident free during his career and completed year after year with Perfect Attendance. He made my job as a supervisor easy. I will miss Ron. You should all be very proud of him.

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