Merle Wayne Wood, 91, passed away Friday, October 12, 2018, at Coffeyville Regional Medical Center in Coffeyville, Kansas.
Merle Wayne Wood was born in Grenola, Kansas on August 27, 1927 to Henry Lawton and Lois May (Crozzier) Wood. Wayne attended the Cedarvale school system. Wayne was drafted into the United States Army on his 18th birthday in 1945. He was stationed in the Philippine Islands and was honorably discharged on June 25, 1947. Wayne would often speak proudly about his time serving his country.
Wayne married Shirley E. Johnson on August 5, 1950 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Wayne and Shirley moved to Coffeyville from Caney in 1959 and made their home, welcoming one daughter Stacey. Wayne worked for the Co-op Refinery and retired in 1989. Wayne proudly served as the American Legion Post 20 Commander in 1981. He enjoyed spending his time working on small engines, watching sports, attending Red Raven games, working on clocks, and going to all the area auctions and estate sales. Most mornings, you could find Wayne at the local donut shop telling stories and drinking coffee. Most of all, Wayne loved spending time with his family and friends. He made it a priority to attend all his grandchildren’s activities, no matter the time or place, Wayne made sure he was there to support his family. Wayne will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and uncle.
Preceding Wayne in death are, his wife, Shirley, parents, Henry and Lois, brothers, Wilbur Lawton Wood, Delbert D. Wood and sisters, Pauline Wood, Minerva Beaver, and Opal Elaine Wert.
He is survived by, his daughter Stacey and husband Jeff Johnston of Bradenton, FL., brother, Elvin Lynn and wife Margie “Lorene” Wood of Coffeyville, KS., grandchildren, Adam “Spike” and wife Kelcee Johnston of Kansas City, MO., Bryce “BJ” and wife Sara of Sun City Center, FL., and numerous nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, October 18th at 10:00 am at the Veteran’s Memorial Patio at Fairview Cemetery. Friends may sign the register and greet the family, Wednesday, October 17th from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Ford-Wulf-Bruns Chapel. Memorial contributions may be made to ACS Hope Lodge and can be left at the chapel. To leave the family a special message of condolence, please visit www.fodwulfbrunschapel.com.
Wow! What a amazing man to know. As a family we would sit and listen to all of his wonderful adventures that he had experienced. He so dearly loved Aunt Shirley. We could only image the wonderful embrace when they were finally reunited. May everyone's heart be at peace during this time because Uncle Wayne is at peace. God Bless.
Charles, Bobbie, Ashton & Garrett BeverColumbia, MO
So sad for the passing of Wayne. Thinking of you, Stacy, and all the family. Didn't see Wayne often but thought about him and your Mom often. Prayers and thoughts. Love, Bobbie
Bobbie Needham RauchBroken Arrow, OK
We were so sad to hear of the loss of our favorite uncle. Know that you and yours are in our hearts and prayers.
Lawton & Audrey WoodPonca City, OK
Stacey so sorry to hear about the loss of tour farher. I will miss visiting with him at my garage sales. He was always bragging about you. Such a nice person enjoyed our conversations. Saying a prayer for you and your family.
Audrey MeekCoffeyville, KS
Stacy, I am so sorry for you and my prayers go out to you and your family. He will be missed by so many.
Richard JohnsonWann, OK
Stacy, so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
John BattitoriGirard, KS
Wayne used to come into Hardees everyday and always brighten our day. He was such a cut up and a really great guy All those old guys are having coffee together and telling stories.
Verlyn and Anna BolingerBranson West, MO
Stacey, my heart is so sad. I am so sorry for your loss but what a beautiful celebration your mom and dad must be having being together again. I have so many wonderful memories of spending time with your family, I will always be thankful for the love they showed me. Thank you for sharing them with me. May you find comfort in the many beautiful memories they left you. Love and prayers my friend
Debra and Mike BaldwinCoffeyville, KS