SYRACUSE — Ben William "Bill" Wood, 66, died Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, at his home in Garden City.
He was born July 25, 1946, in Newton, to Arthur Claire Wood and Alice Jewel Puttroff Wood. He grew up on the Wood family ranch south of Syracuse, attended Syracuse High School and graduated as valedictorian in 1964. He continued his education at Kansas State University earning a bachelor's degree in animal husbandry. While at K-State he was in the ROTC and was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force. He served four years as a food service officer during the Vietnam conflict. He returned to Syracuse where he worked with his father on the ranch.
On June 9, 1973, he married Patricia L. Seibert in Macksville. They later divorced.
Mr. Wood's livelihood was running the family ranch, feeding cattle at feedlots and running the Syracuse Sale Barn. He supported his kids in their involvement in 4-H and was active in the Booster Club. In 1995 he moved to Trinidad, Colo., where he was a cattle buyer for area ranchers. In 1998 he began working for All State Horse Express, where he would move and transport horses. In 2003, he moved to Belpre, where he had several jobs in the agriculture industry. In 2010, he moved to Garden City.
He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Moose Lodge, was a 4-H leader and served as Hamilton County Commissioner, all at Syracuse. He also was a member of the Kansas Livestock Association, American Hereford Association, KSU Alumni Association, K-State Marching Band, K-State Judging Team, Farmhouse Fraternity, Veterans of Foreign Wars in Newton and the American Legion in Macksville. He enjoyed fishing, horses and agriculture, had an eye for quality beef, collected coins and took great enjoyment in spending time with his grandkids.
Survivors include a son, Timber Wood and his wife Jerrilynn of Kismet; a daughter, Drift Kearns and husband Colin of Colorado Springs, Colo.; four grandchildren, Brendon and Jentre Smith of Kismet, and Kiera and Keely Kearns of Colorado Springs; and numerous family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service will begin at 4 p.m. MDT Thursday at the First Presbyterian Church, Syracuse. Burial will follow at Syracuse Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions payable to the First Presbyterian Church or Bill Wood Grandchildren Fund may be sent in care of Fellers Funeral Home & Monuments LLC, Box 1253, Syracuse, KS 67878.