Chester Wayne Wood, 75, of Conway, died Wednesday, July 10, 2019, in Springfield.
He was born Jan. 7, 1944, in Lebanon, Mo. to Ivan Emmitt and Mary Vivian Beard Wood.
On Dec. 29, 1972, he married Rhonda Jemes.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Paul Wood, and one sister, JoAnn Garza.
After graduating from Conway High School in 1962, Chester was drafted into the United States Army, where he served from 1968-1969 in Vietnam and received two Purple Hearts. When he returned to the Lebanon community, he worked for Coca-Cola Bottling Company, transferred mail for the United States Post Office and also worked for Montgomery Ward for several years. He opened WW Discount Tires in the early 1980’s. He was the owner and operator for the next 36 years, selling the business on June 21, 2019.
He was saved at Phillipsburg Christian Church as a young adult where he remained a lifelong member.
Survivors include his wife, Rhonda Wood; one daughter, Laura Rumfelt, of Conway; one son, Daniel Wood (Stephanie), of Hillsboro; one brother, Terry Wood, of Marshfield; one sister, Connie Jenkins (Dr. Leon Jenkins), of Lebanon; nine grandchildren, Briana Wood, Devin Wood, Hudson Wood, Archer Wood, Alexa Ladyman, Amanda Bradley (Shane), Rebecca Weber (Isaac), Hannah Eldridge (Clay), and  Olivia Rumfelt; six great-grandchildren, Nolan, Wren, Chris, Conner, Jay, Kirel; other relatives and many friends.
Funeral services for Chester Wayne Wood will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 14, 2019, at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel with the Rev. Elvin Bohannon officiating. Burial will be in McBride Cemetery, under the direction of Shadel’s Colonial Chapel of Lebanon.
Visitation will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Shadel’s Colonial Chapel.
Memorials have been suggested to the ALS Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Memorials can be left at or mailed to Shadel’s Colonial Chapel, P.O. Box 948, Lebanon, Mo. 65536.
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