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John Wood

John Wood

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03/30/14 10:47 AM #1    

Margie S. Tudor (Thompson)

I knew John well in high school.  We were in several classes together.  He was a very fun person and I enjoyed him a lot.  I was so sorry to hear of his passing.

04/22/14 03:50 PM #2    

Mary Ann Nord

The following obituary for John appeared in the Star Tribune in April 2012. I clipped it out then to share with several classmates who were especially fond of him, as was I. I had not known of his illness until I read of his death and at the time did not visit the caringbridge site mentioned in the obituary. But when I came across the clipping last week as I was cleaning out a desk drawer, I tried his caringbridge site and discovered it was still there. How sad I felt to read the postings, first written by John himself, then by his daughter Erin as he got sicker. And how otherworldy yet strangely comforting it seemed, these two years later, to share the journey of his final months. May he rest in peace.


John W. Wood Jr.

Age 65, of Excelsior, MN. Beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather and uncle. John passed away April 19, 2012, in Edina after a courageous battle with melanoma. John lived life to the fullest. He spent his years dedicated to his law practice, traveling with family and friends, riding his bike thousands of miles every summer, managing the MN men’s baseball league and enjoying long weekends at the family cabin on Gull Lake. We admire the example he set in his dedication to the things he loved and are grateful to have had a man like him play such an important role in our lives. We will especially miss his dry sense of humor. John received the Robert S. McNamara Award for Wayzata Youth Hockey (1996-97) in honor of his longstanding, unselfish contribution to the Wayzata Youth Hockey Association. John also served as head coach for both his son’s and daughters’ little league teams for many years. Ron Cottone, commissioner of the Federal League (MN Senior Men’s Baseball) Board of Directors, inducted John into their Hall of Fame on April 16, 2012. The league acknowledged John’s pioneering work in establishing and maintaining the Federal League, especially in its early and middle years. They expressed their gratitude for his leadership roles as player and manager and especially for his tenure as commissioner. John is preceded in death by his mother, Nancy Schlenk; father, John W. Wood Sr.; and brother Geoffrey. He is survived by his loving family: Juliene, his wife of 42 years; son John (Nicole) Wood III; daughters Erin (Leonardo) Rapallini and Megan (Sam) Hellfeld; as well as nine grandchildren, Mia, Emma, Madeline, Julie, John IV, Elena, Truitt and twins due June 2012. He is also survived by brothers Tim (Becky) and Brad (Dorothy) and sisters Wendi Nelson (Bryan) and Kris Niermann. Funeral service will be at St. Therese of Deephaven, Tuesday, April 24, 2012. Visitation will begin at 4:30 with a Mass of Christian Burial at 5:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the JWW Memorial/Melanoma Research Fund (go to and visit the “johnwoodjr” site; instructions are included in the April 21 journal entry) or N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, Edina.

04/24/14 03:45 PM #3    

Pamela A. Palmer (Ulvestad)

I didn't know John in HS but got to know him and his wife Juliene when we became neighbors and friends 12 years ago.  It only took a little while to figure out we were in the same class at Edina.  We had lots of fun times together thru those years - got to know his kids and their families - he was a great family man.  I remember him walking the dog with a glass of wine in one hand and the leash in the other.  Funny, dry sense of humor, consumate athlete - his death was a shock to all.  Neither one of us went to the 40th reunion - maybe we should have, you just never know.

08/12/15 02:19 PM #4    

Ginny Bayers (Herzog)

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