Merton Ted Wood

Born: Sat., May 29, 1926
Died: Fri., Dec. 14, 2012


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Location: Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc.

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Merton Theodore Wood, known by his friends and family as Ted, died at the age of 86 of congestive heart failure in Alta Loma, CA, with his son, Brent, at his side.  
Ted was born May 29, 1926 in Warren, Pennsylvania, the third child of Mae and Paul Wood.  Ted grew up on a farm in Russell, milking cows for a local dairy as his first job at age 14.  He left high school to join the Army, serving in World War II in Patton’s infantry in Germany, where he would reach the rank of sergeant.  Ted married Mildred (Midge) Smith July 12, 1980.  His primary employment was with GTE Sylvania where he worked for 40 years (1943-1983).  As a general foreman, Ted was known for his respectful treatment of others and for his work ethic.  He worked catering jobs with his friend, Bob Lewis, of Lewis’ Market as secondary employment.  Ted served as Boy Scout Master for Troop 5 where he mentored dozens of young men, teaching them to “leave the campsite cleaner than you found it.”  He was very proud when both of his sons reached the rank of Eagle Scout.  Ted loved to hunt, an activity he often shared with his step-son, Tom Smith.  Each spring Ted loved planting a vegetable garden.  He and Midge enjoyed traveling together to see family and beautiful parts of our earth such as Alaska and New Zealand.  They bought a summer home in Avon Park, Florida and wintered there with friends and family.  
Ted was preceded in death by his beloved wife Midge in October 2011.  
Ted is survived by his five children: Melody Wood and her husband, Tom Huber, of Maine, Ted Wood of Oregon, Linda Turney and her husband, Matt, of Texas, Brent Wood and his wife, Pattie, of California, Sherry Schreffler of California; four step-children: Tom Smith and his wife, Gerry, of Warren, Patti Hamel and her husband, Wil, of Arizona, JoAnne Chew and her husband, James, of New Jersey, James Smith and his wife, Cindy, of Florida; his brother, Tom Wood and sister, Pat Peterson; his first wife, Gloria Nasman of Texas; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Friends will be received at the Peterson-Blick Funeral Home, Inc., 1003 Penna, Ave. E., Warren, PA. 16365, on Thursday, December 27, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, at which time a funeral service will be held, with Rev. Brent Wood, and Rev. Marcus Briggs, co- officiating.

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Bob and Mollie Lundmark
   Posted Mon December 24, 2012
We wish to send our sympathy to all of Ted's Children and Step-Children.We are sorry we cannot be there to the Funeral.Ted was a very dear friend for many years and we have lots of fond memories of He and Midge. Much Love to all. Boband Mollie Lundmark

Sheila Reinhard
   Posted Tue December 25, 2012
I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Your friends in the Warren Area High School Class of 1969, have been looking for you. If you want, we have a group on Facebook.


Cathy Gnage Fresquez
   Posted Fri December 28, 2012
Dear Melody and all family.
I want to express my sympathies to you all on the loss of your father. I do check the Warren paper periodically and noticed a death in Alta Loma, CA. I live in Alta Loma, CA. As I read on I realized who Merton Wood was - yes known as Ted. My mother worked for Ted at Sylvania and always talked so highly of him. After my father's death in 2006, I moved my mother, Doris, to Alta Loma, where she lives a mile from me in a home. She was 93 years old this month. And other connections, of course I went to school with you Melody, and my sister-in-law is Bob Lewis's daughter Cathy, married to my brother Larry. I consider myself very fortunate, growing up in a small community where there are so many connections.
I send heartfelt condolences to you, I am sorry for your loss.
Cathy Gnage Fresquez

Dale Ann Krahn
   Posted Sun December 30, 2012
Please accept our condolences from the families of Richard Brown, Dale Ann (Brown) and Wolf-Dieter Krahn, and Nadean (Brown) and Randall Huck.

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