Richard Dale Wood, 93, went home to be with The Lord, and his loving wife Vivian, on November 27th, 2019. He passed away peacefully at his home in Gold Beach, Oregon.
Richard Dale, known lovingly as “Dale” or “Woody”, was born December 2, 1925, at his home in Chehalis, Washington. He grew up in Onalaska, Washington, where he met his high school sweetheart, Vivian. Woody was a high school basketball star. Following high school, Woody joined the Navy and was a gunner on a bomber.
Dale and Vivian were married on October 12th, 1945, and he was discharged from the navy in 1946. They moved to Gold Beach in April of 1950, and opened their business Gold Beach Sand & Gravel. In 1966 they moved to Alaska where they worked together on the Alaska Pipeline. After retiring, they spend their time between their home in Gold Beach, Oregon, and their home in Ninilchik, Alaska.
Dale loved the outdoors, where many weekends were spent camping, hunting, and fishing. He earned his private pilot’s license and loved to fly. His pride and joy, though, was his family. He loved to spend time with his children and grandchildren. He was one of the hardest workers ever known, and his hard work showed in everything he did.
Survivors include his daughter and son-in-law Charlene and Lowell Carter of Gold Beach, his son and daughter-in-law Gary and Rhea Wood of Healy, Alaska, seven grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.
Dale was preceded in death by his wife of nearly 70 years, Vivian, his parents Beryl and Levida Wood, daughter JoAnn Wood, brother Melvin Wood, sister Doris Kamchef, and great-grandson Joshua Carter.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 11th, at the First Baptist Church, 29755 Turner Street, Gold Beach, Oregon.
Redwood Memorial Chapel is assisting the family. Condolences may be expressed at www.redwoodmemorial.net.