William (Woody) Herbert (Keenan) Wood, age 80, passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020, in Durango, Colorado, due to complications from Covid-19. Woody was born on December 15, 1940, in Newark, New Jersey. He had just celebrated his 80th birthday on the 15th.
He is survived by his: siblings Mary Setter, Nancy Ana (Tony) Hall, Lee Wood, Jim (Linda) Keenan, and Mark Wood; children LeeAnn (Jim) Jones, Lisa (Greg) Rentschler, Kaitlyn McIntosh, and Kurtis (Marcie) Wood; grandchildren Rebecca, Ross (Lily), Travis, Neil, Ryan, Tristan, Trey, Bryan, Weston (Ashley), Katrina (Mathew), KayleeAnn, and Connor; and great-grandchildren Zoey and Zane.
He is preceded in death by his mother, Nadene (Soule Keenan) Wood, his adopted father Leland Wood, and his wife, Annette (Dean) Wood.
Woody joined the Army in 1959 as a Cook and was honorably discharged. He loved cooking over an open campfire or on a grill. His signature dish was potatoes, bacon, and onions in a cast iron skillet. When he returned to Michigan from the Army, he attended Michigan Barber School and began his career as a Barber. He owned a shop in Petoskey, Michigan; Boulder, Colorado; and Bayfield, Colorado.
Woody had always wanted to be in law enforcement, and the opportunity finally arose when he was hired into the LaPlata County Sheriff's Office as a Deputy working his way up to Sergeant. One of his fellow officers wrote this about Woody, "I worked with him in the early 90's when I was a young deputy. He was such a great mentor for me. He was so calm, considerate, and so professional. I learned so much from him when I started off in Law Enforcement 30 years ago. We worked the same shift for quite a while, and I always looked up to him for his guidance and wisdom and knew that everything would be okay on every call that I was on with him. He truly was one of the good guys." He also worked as a Peace Officer for the Southern Ute Tribe.
He loved hunting, fly fishing, golfing, and bowling. Woody retired to the warmth of Mesa, AZ, where he lived until 2018 when he needed to move closer to family for support.
A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.
Published in Pine River Times on Dec. 29, 2020.