Jerry L. Wood, age 78, of Sparland, passed away on Friday, December 16, 2022 at UnityPoint Health Proctor in Peoria.
Jerry was born on March 31, 1944 in rural Houston County, MO to Churchill and Beatrice (Crabtree) Wood. He married Cheryle Carmichael on September 11, 1966 in Lacon, IL.
Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Cheryle; his children, James Wood of Sparland, IL, Angela (BJ) Vaughn of Glasford, IL and Melissa (Dirk) Murphy of Sparland, IL; his grandchildren, Avery, Mya, Ellie and Darren; extra kids, Kelly Ehringer and Troy (Marcia) Ginger; extra grandchildren, Bailey, Colin, Brynn and Eli; his brothers-in-law, Charles (Brenda) Carmichael of Hampton, IL, James (Pat) Carmichael of Henry, IL and Steve (Noni) Carmichael of Garfield, AR; his sister-in-law, Sandi Voss of Chillicothe; many nieces and nephews; and one special niece and nurse, Amber Grimes. He was preceded in death by his parents; four sisters and eight brothers.
Jerry worked for Caterpillar in Mossville as a machine operator for 30 years, retiring in 2002, and was a loyal member of the Local 974 UAW.
Cremation rites will be accorded and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 at 11am at Weber-Hurd Funeral Home in Chillicothe. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. Deacon Robert Murphy will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Easterseals or the Disabled American Veterans.