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James D. Wood

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WOOD, James D. "Chief", 81, of Yellow Springs, passed away Friday, July 17, 2020 in his home surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born May 10, 1939 in Elgood, West Virginia to Fred and Lydia (Lanford) Wood. He selflessly served his country for 32 years, from 1958 - 1990. Jim held a multitude of key leadership positions throughout his military career to include the first ever 178th Tactical Fighter Group Senior Enlisted Advisor, State of Ohio Senior Enlisted Advisor as well as serving at the national level as the Aircrew Life Support Career Field Manager National Guard Bureau, Washington, D.C. As the first ever Senior Enlisted Advisor to the 178th Tactical Fighter Group, Chief Wood recognized the importance of providing a voice to the hundreds of enlisted members assigned as well as conveying the policies and directives of the Group Commander. He was a compassionate leader and mentor who had earned the respect of all assigned junior ranking members as well as the officers and Commanders that he served. He was beloved by unit members for his humble down to earth leadership style, approachability and fierce loyalty to the enlisted members he represented. His impact and legacy has extended to multiple generations of leaders at the 178th Wing, which still benefits from his contributions. During his retirement Jim loved to fish, garden, and spend time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Virginia (Lambert) Wood; one daughter, Pamela Sprinkle; two grandchildren, Amber (Todd) Conley and Josh (Kayla) Wendling; two great grandchildren, Ethan and Owen Conley; one brother, Roger Wood; former daughter-in-law, Tracey DeSantis; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son, Bud Wood; and his great granddaughter, Michaela Sprinkle. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.
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Jeff and I are so sorry for your loss, Virginia and family. He will be missed by all who knew or worked with him. Our condolences!

- Kathy Traub, Sunday July 26th, 2020

Chief was a true icon of humility, humanity and kindness. I will forever remember fondly his gentle humor and staunch work ethic. As a lieutenant, I was so blessed to have his support and guidance. Most sincere condolences to all his family and loved ones.

- Lori Shepard, Tuesday July 21st, 2020

My Uncle Jim. was one of my favorites - He lived with us in Ironton before joining the Air Force - he was kind - generous accepting - taught me how to fish ehen I was five- many great memories (Christmas-Thanksgivings - back yard parties - will be Sincerely missed. My condolences to his wive Aunt Virgie and my Cousin Pam - with much love. 💘

- Dee(Rocky) Arianne Rockwood, Monday July 20th, 2020

Always will remember the SAREXs in Southern Ohio in the late 80s.

- Wes & Peggy Soper, Monday July 20th, 2020

Sending love in this difficult time. Jim will be so missed.

- Stephanie Coop, Monday July 20th, 2020

Sending love in this difficult time. Jim will be so missed.

- Stephanie Coop, Monday July 20th, 2020

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