Robert D. Wood


The Rev. Robert Dean Wood died on January 31, 2018 at age 89. Bob was born on December 2, 1928 at home in Riverdale, Michigan, to Harold and Isabel Wood.

He was a graduate of Eastern High School (Lansing, Michigan) and both Asbury College and Asbury Theological Seminary (Wilmore, Kentucky).

On Aug. 19, 1952, he married Miss Gene Garrison of Raleigh North Carolina.

For the next 20 years, as a United Methodist minister, he served parishes in Kansas and North Carolina. This was followed by stints as an editor/writer at One Mission Society (Indiana), Good News Magazine (Kentucky) and Zondervan (Michigan).

Bob was a man of abiding faith in God, intellect, wit, charm and kindness whose life impacted many.

He loved and was loved by many and will be deeply missed.

Preceding him in death were his wife; his parents; four siblings; and a daughter-in-law, Peggy Wood.

Those he leaves behind are his sister, Betty (LaVern) Munsell; his children, Melanie (Joe) Cavanaugh, Geoffrey (Karla), Emily (Chuck) Coleman and Peter Wood; and his grandchildren, Jessica Cavanaugh Jones, Josiah (Talya Wolf) Cavanaugh, Stuart Wood, Sarah Wood, Hannah Ault, Ethan Ault, Adam Coleman and Alex (Rachel) Coleman. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Asbury University 1 Macklem Dr Wilmore, KY 40390; Francis Asbury Society, PO Box 7, Wilmore, KY 40390; or One Mission Society, PO Box A, Greenwood IN 46142.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Southport Presbyterian Church, 7525 McFarland Blvd., Indianapolis, IN. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. to time of service at the church.

Arrangements were made by Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home.

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