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Russell Eugene "Gene" Wood

Russell Eugene “Gene” Wood           “the Gardener”

COUDERSPORT, PA----Russell Eugene “Gene” Wood, 70, of Coudersport, PA, formerly of Keating Summit, PA, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2014 in the Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, after a long illness.
     Born June 14, 1943 in Rochester, PA, he was a son of Russell M. and Helen Claire Griffen Wood.  On September 4, 1965 in Erie, PA, he married Bonnie Brydon, who survives.
     Gene was a graduate of Penn State University and a graduate of Townson State College in Baltimore, MD.  He held degrees in forestry, business administration, and accounting.
     Mr. Wood was a U.S. Army veteran attaining the rank of sergeant, having served with the Military Intelligence Imagery Interpretation Division during the Vietnam War.
     He served as vice president/chief financial officer at Minard Run Oil Company in Bradford, retiring after 25 years of service.
     Gene was a natural dyer, “creating colors from the forest” using natural materials found in the local woods.  He loved his pets.  He was instrumental as a resident of Sweden Valley Manor in helping to expand Yesterdays Garden, facilitating resident participation earning him the nickname, “The Gardener”.
     Surviving besides his wife are a son, Ira James (Tanya) Wood of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, E. Ernest (Susan) Wood of Murrells Inlet, SC; a sister, Marita (Bruce) Johnson of Springfield, VT; and several nieces and nephews.
     In keeping with Gene’s wishes, there will be no formal services.  Burial will be in Gardeau Cemetery, Keating Summit.
     Flowers are gratefully declined.  Memorials may be made to Sweden Valley Manor, Yesterdays Garden, 1028 E. Second Street, Coudersport, PA 16915 or to Teacher’s Pet Rescue, 19 Blackberry Lane, Coudersport, PA 16915.


Dear Bonnie and Family,
One of the fondest memories I have of Gene is quietly walking through the forest identifying species, colors, animals, when I was little. He was so tuned in to the natural world, a quiet man full of spirit. He is missed. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and loving wishes for peaceful days after what was a long transitional illness. I think he is connected and in the light of heaven!
Love to you and yours, always,
Pepper, Jon Will, and Halli

Pepper Brydon Feb 19 2014 12:00 AM

My condolences to the Wood family.  I've know Gene for the past 26 years.  I am the surveyor for Minard Run Oil Company and I worked with Gene on many projects over those years.  His files on leases and properties were very well organized and if I needed some document, he could get it for me.  Myself and my crew also did some surveying on the farm at Keating Summit.  Gene and Bonnie made us feel right at home.  He was one of a kind.  May God be with you in this difficult time.

Charles G. Lang Jan 27 2014 12:00 AM

Rest In Peace my mentor and friend.

Darwin Nowak Jan 26 2014 12:00 AM