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Sidney J. Wood

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Born 8-19-1915 -- Died 9-23-2007

Sidney Jewell Wood died in Bullhead City, Ariz., on Sept. 23, 2007. He was born in California, Mo., in 1915, and was raised in Many Springs and Alton, Mo.

He graduated from Alton High School and then moved to Kansas City, Mo., where his career in aviation began with TWA as a mechanic's helper. Later in Los Angeles, he went to work for Douglas Aircraft as a sheet metal technician. At age 26, Sid moved to Detroit to become an aviation instructor at Cass Technical School. He later moved to Miami, Fla., where he became an assistant chief instructor for the Emory Riddle School of Aviation.

After World War II?broke out in 1941, he joined the Civil Air Patrol and flew antisubmarine patrol missions along the coast of Florida. For this hazardous duty, he received an Air Medal and Citation for Meriotorius Achievement signed by President Harry Truman.

For the remaining war years, he was a flight instructor for Royal Air Force cadets at Flacon Field, a British Flight Training School at Mesa, Ariz. Sid trained his cadets in Stearman biplanes and high speed AT6's.

Following World War II, Sid worked in Sacramento, Calif., in a sheet metal shop. However, the skies called again and he set out for Alaska in the hopes of becoming a bush pilot. In Anchorage, Sid met and married Allie Tanttila in 1948.

He is survived by his children: George (Connie) of Port Orchard, Wash.; Larry (Ellen) of Eagle River, Alaska; Tom (Sally) of Idaho Falls, Idaho; and Barbara of Alaska and Parkland, Wash.; grandchildren, Mathew, Jeremy (Jamie), Adam, Suzanne, Jessica (Sam) Ryan, Rachel and Ben.

A memorial service was held at Trinity Lutheran Church's Little Chapel Nov. 10.

Condolences, stories to share and other memories may be sent to the family at P.O. Box 45061, Tacoma, Wash.