Jack D. Wood, 86, longtime Moses Lake resident passed away peacefully in his sleep Monday, August 18th at Moses Lake Senior Living. Jack was born August 1, 1928 in Chesaw, Wash. to Don Wood Sr. and Hazel (Mooney) Wood.
He was raised and educated in Chesaw, Molson and graduated from Oroville High School. Immediately following high school, he joined the US Navy and served until 1950 when he was honorably discharged in Boston, Mass. which is where he met and married the Love of his life Gerri Cusato (who was the sister of one of his shipmates). He was called back to serve in the Korean war from 1951 to 1953. They then settled in Oroville. They moved to Tonasket in 1958, to Spokane in 1967 before settling in Moses Lake in 1974. He always said being in the Navy allowed him to see the world for free. Dad loved his family and was always happiest when everyone was around. He loved to garden and teach his grandchildren how to plant seeds and watch them grow. In his younger years he was an avid hunter and fisherman, his favorite time was with his son Rick and his dad. Over the years he worked as a logger, roofer, milkman, truck driver and salesman.
Jack was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Gerri, his grandson Bryan Koesterman, his parents, brothers Ben and Don Jr, sisters Florence, Maude, Helen and Georgia. He is survived by his children Merri Jayne Koesterman, Rick Wood, Teri Swindoll and Robin Cusato-Wood, sisters Betty and Mick, his grandchildren Brenda Taylor, Dawn Wood, Jeremy Wood, Colby Hurd, Kiley Hurd, Kimberly Swindoll and Kebra Swindoll, and his nine great grandchildren.
His funeral service will be Friday, August 22 at Kayser’s Chapel at 2 p.m., with viewing from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Interment with Military Honors will follow at Pioneer Memorial Gardens.
Dad was always the fifth kid in the family. He usually started the mischief and we all got in on it! Even though Alzheimer’s took a lot of his memories and took him from us, we are so thankful he still had his silly sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. We would like to thank the wonderful staff at Moses Lake Senior Living for taking such good care of our Dad.
The family asks that donations be made to Alzheimer’s Association at 225 N. Michigan Avenue, Fl 17, Chicago, IL 60601 or online at www.alz.org.