Robert W. Wood, 83, of Green Vally, Ariz., died recently.


A celebration of life memorial service for Robert W. Wood, 83, of Green Valley, Ariz., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, in Christ Episcopal Church, Milford.
Mr. Wood recently passed away at his home in Green Valley, Ariz.

Born on Feb. 3, 1927, in Wilmington, he was the son of the late Alice Paquette Wood, originally of Milford, and the late Charles Harvey Wood, originally of Montchanin.

Mr. Wood was the retired chief county engineer of Sussex County.

He was musically gifted and as a child studied under organist Charles Terry at the Cathedral Church of St. John in Wilmington. He performed as the sole organist in several services there before reaching age 17.

Mr. Wood was a graduate of the Pennsylvania Military College Prep School and Auburn University, after which he served in the U.S. Navy. He later participated in many post-graduate studies in the U.S. and abroad. He later earned his professional engineer designation.

When his family moved to Milford, they joined Christ Episcopal Church, where Mr. Wood met and married Jeanne Bennett, whom he was married to for 60 years.
From 1973 to 1975, the Woods’ lived in Bremen, West Germany, where Mr. Wood designed and directed the building of an instant coffee production and packaging facility.

They then moved to Scotland for eight years, where Mr. Wood designed the fabrication and installation phases of offshore oil drilling/production platforms in the North Sea, and later oversaw construction of platforms in the Gulf of Mexico.

From 1989 to 1996, he served as county engineer for Sussex County, where he oversaw three major projects, including: the construction of the West Rehoboth Sanitary Sewer District; construction of the 60,000 square foot Sussex County Administrative Office Building; and the Sussex County Airport’s main runway rehabilitation in order to accommodate the Boeing 737 aircraft flying in to be retro-fitted.

Following his retirement, he and his wife moved to Green Vally, Ariz., where he participated in civic meetings and joined the St. Francis In The Valley Episcopal Church.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wood is survived by two sisters, Jo Anne Wood Doppstadt and her husband Bill of Janesville, Wisc., and Kay Wood Bailey and her husband Richard of Wyoming; a son, Robert L. Wood; two aunts, and many nieces, nephews, cousisn, grand-nieces, grand-nephews and grand-cousins.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Wood’s memory to either The Gideons International, P.O. Box 155, Lewes, DE 19958; or Christ Episcopal Church, 200 N. Church Ave., Milford, DE 19963.

Letters of condolence may be sent via jrbwood@cybertrails.com.