Karl Duane Wood, 78, Harrison, known as a great man of integrity and honored U.S. Army veteran who served in the Vietnam War, died April 1, 2022 in Saginaw.
A man of common sense and extraordinary wisdom, his quick wit made everyone smile. After living a life filled with adventure, hard work and love, his legacy will be celebrated with a memorial liturgy on Thursday, April 7 at 11 a.m., at St. Dominic’s Parish, SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church, 4735 West Michigan Ave. , Saginaw. Reverend Father Steve Gavit will officiate. The military honors will be held under the auspices of the United States Army and the American Legion Post 22. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service Thursday at the church. Interment will take place at a later date at the Great Lakes National Cemetery.
Born and raised in Kalamazoo, in January 1944, he was the son of Harry J. and Johanna (Aukes) Wood.
Mr. Wood pursued various careers before finding one in which he could support his family and in which he was satisfied. In 1966, he married Mary Ann Chomic, the love of his life. He and his wife were married for 56 years and she survives him.
He provided great opportunities for his children. Among his accomplishments, he participated as a scoutmaster for his sons’ scouts and never missed his daughter’s basketball games.
His passion for woodworking led him to create many beautiful heirlooms for his sons’ children. He was blessed with many grandchildren, who meant the world to him. He was proud to see his grandchildren grow and succeed.
Mr. Wood has had many passions and pursuits throughout his life. He loved camping and traveling, and explored many states with his friends and family, always humbled by many great creations of God. He was passionate about life. Having had the opportunity to be an organ recipient, he embraced life and lived every day playing golf, playing guitar, enjoying nature in the log cabin in the woods he sharing with his wife and watching the birds feeding at his many feeders.
He enjoyed conversing with people and playing cards, always winning one way or another. He wrote and recorded a song about his wonderful log home in the woods called “Sitting on the Porch,” reflecting all that God has provided.
His contagious laughter will be missed. Her smile lit up the room as well as her strong handshakes and enveloping hugs that always made you feel loved and respected. He made many friends he loved, and they loved him like the wonderful family he had. Many of them will welcome him into the next phase while many more will mourn the loss of what they had with him.
Before him in death were his parents; brother, Louis Henrickson; daughter-in-law, Kathleen “Katie” Wood; and faithful companion, Rusty.
Mr. Wood is survived by his wife, Mary Ann Wood; three children, Greg (Kimberly) Wood of Ohio, Mike Wood of Southgate and Jodi (Christopher) Bailey of Swartz Creek; grandchildren, Michael Wood Jr., Kayla (Mark) Gordon, Maggie (Adam Cain) Wood, Alexander Wood, Carissa Wood, Ruben Bailey, Al Bailey and Kevin Volesky; and his sister, Janet Witt.
The family expresses their gratitude to the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center for the excellent care, wonderful treatment, and honor bestowed on her. Additionally, the family would like to thank the Cleveland Clinic for giving him a second life in 2009.
In accordance with his wishes, memorial donations may be made to the Aleda E. Lutz VA Medical Center or the Alzheimer’s Association, and he asked people to consider being an organ donor.