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.