Robert J. Wood, 71, of Hayward passed away on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at his home.
Robert James Wood was born Nov. 19, 1947, in Cicero, Illinois, the son of Lawrence and Helen (Pojak) Wood. He was raised in Berwyn and graduated from J. Sterling Morton High School. On March 15, 1968, Robert joined the U.S. Air Force, where he served as a computer operations manager. Robert served for 22 years and earned the Meritorious Service Award at his retirement. Robert was honorably discharged on Feb. 28, 1990, as a technical sergeant. He went on to college at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, where he received a bachelor of science degree in sociology in 1995. Robert moved to Hayward and worked in several different areas, including with the LCO Casino and operating his own lawn business. On April 19, 2005, Robert was joined in marriage to Arlene Raskie in Hayward. Bob enjoyed golfing, building and collecting motorized airplanes. He was a very giving individual. He supported local law enforcement and the church.
Bob is survived by his wife, Arlene; two children, Brian (April) Wood and Laura McDonald; three grandchildren, Brett, Zach and Cody; one great-granddaughter; one stepson, Michael (Belinda) Raskie; three step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; one brother, Clarence Wood; and one nephew.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Richard Wood.
A private graveside service will be held for Bob with military honors at the Greenwood Cemetery in Hayward.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Northwoods Humane Society, P.O. Box 82, Hayward, WI 54843.
Online condolences may be shared at www.bratley-nelsonchapels.com.