Kerry Lee Wood

April 26, 2023

Kerry Lee Wood, of Ponca City, left this earthly plane on April 7, 2023, and walked through the Heavenly Gates into the arms of Jesus. He was 71 years young.

He was born on January 3, 1952, in Arkansas City, Kansas to Roy Leon Wood and Emma Hazel (Dorris). He was one of ten children. He grew up in the Nardin area, attending schools there and then graduating from Blackwell High School in 1970.

In 19711 he married his high school sweetheart, Diana Rose Landers. To this union, three children were born: Rhonda Kaye Wood, Kyle Patrick Wood, and Alicia Diane Wood. Their marriage didn’t last, but the friendship did.

He proudly served the United States Air Force from 1973 to 1983, reaching the rank of Staff Sergeant. He served in Colorado, North Carolina, Korea, Florida, Iceland and the Philippines, just to name a few. He served his country with love and honor.

While stationed in the Philippines, he met and fell in love with Helinda Quicson Tiu and her son, Richard. Immediately returning home from the service, he started the process to get them to the United States. On July 6th , 1985, they were married in Nardin, Oklahoma. They shared 37 years of marriage together.

Two sons were born of this marriage: Ian Kerry Wood and Christian Lynn Wood.

Dad’s hobbies included: coin collecting, anything space related, collecting Star Trek paraphernalia, lava lamps, Zelda and Minecraft video games, model cars,

train sets, fishing, camping and eventually wanted to be a gold prospector. He had so many ideas and adventures he wanted to go on.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Kyle Patrick Wood; granddaughter, Whitney Allene Murray; son-in-law, Monty Mayse; six brothers, Robert Eugene Wood, John William Wood, Haze Bryan Wood, Kim Arnold Wood, Larry Leon Wood, and Roy Dean Wood; two brothers-in-law, Geary Hulseman and Floyd Shelton; ex-wife and friend, Diana Rose Kennon (Landers).

Survivors include his wife and son Ian Wood, of the home; daughters, Rhonda Alley and husband, Orrin, and Alicia Mayse, all of Blackwell, Oklahoma; sons, Christian Wood and wife, Alyson, of Reno, Nevada, and Richard Tiu and wife, Marion, of Honolulu, Hawaii; grandchildren: Kalli and Bryan Miller, Britton and Taylor Angle, Josh Alley, Caleb Alley, Michael and Kristen Mayse, Josh and Jessica Mayse, Alex and Jonathan Larsen, Hayden Tiu and Crystal Castille; greatgrandchildren: Oliver Miller, Whitney Miller, Emerson Miller, Jax Miller, Jarrad Miller, Denay Stewart, Dreson Stewart, Dreyden Stewart, Adelyn Mayse, and Ava Larsen; three sisters, Barbara Gurnee and husband, Jack, of Oswego, Kansas, Patricia Hulseman of Forsyth, Missouri, and Dora Shelton of Kissee Mills, Missouri; sisters-in-law, Joetta Wood of Blackwell, Oklahoma, Henrietta Wood of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Hyla Wood of Shawnee, Oklahoma; numerous nieces, nephews, friends and loved ones.

He was the greatest dad, husband, grandpa, great-grandpa, son, brother, uncle, and best friend. He always thought outside of the box and was always up

for an adventure. We will miss his “look” that we would get when we were about to cross that line. We will miss his long hugs and kisses on the cheek. We will miss his words of wisdom and his willingness to step aside and let us make our own mistakes in life, but he was always there to help us right back up. We will miss his love for red heads and Tina Turner’s legs. He loved God and his family more than anything in the world. He was deeply loved by many, and his loss will forever be felt in our hearts.

Save us a seat in Heaven until we meet again, dad.