John Leroy Wood

Saturday, May 10, 2014

John Leroy Wood, 72, Independence, Mo., formerly of Nevada, Mo., passed away on Friday, May 9, 2014, at North Kansas City Hospice House. He was born Sept. 25, 1941, in Nevada, to James Otis Wood and Gladys Lucille (Fletcher) Wood. He and Nelda Claudine Gray were married on April 22, 1966, in Nevada, and she survives of the home.

John attended Nevada High School and then entered the U.S. Navy where he was the recipient of the Good Conduct Medal. Following his time in the service, he returned to Nevada and worked for a time at Key Industries. John later moved to Independence where he worked for Allis-Chalmers (which later became Agco) as a union steel worker -- Member of Local 1958 Steel Workers Union. After his retirement from Agco, he worked for the Ft. Osage School District in the custodial department for 10 years. John always enjoyed fishing and bowling..

In addition to his wife, Nelda, survivors include two daughters, Paula Kay Aguilera and Anthony, Raytown, Mo., and Sheila Renee Wood, Independence, Mo.; six grandchildren, Aaron Wood, Zachary Wood, Brandon Wood, Jessica Aguilera, Frank Aguilera and Hannah Wood; two great-grandchildren, Michelle Perry-Wood and Matthew Duffy-Aguilera; one brother, Carl Wood; four sisters, Mary States, Betty Pryor, Lavena Brown, and Patty Ferris and her husband, Nathan; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Don Wood and James O. Wood Jr.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 14, at Moore Cemetery, Nevada, with the Rev. Steve Sharp officiating. The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, at Ferry Funeral Home, prior to the service.

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