Wood, William Joseph
Dundalk - On Oct. 21, William Joseph Wood passed away suddenly at his home on Old Battle Grove Road in Dundalk. He was 82 years old.
William served in the US Navy during the Korean War, stationed on the USS Stephen Porter. Afterwards he attended Pennsylvania State University, graduating with his A.A. in 1957. He spent most of his career at the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. He was also self-employed as an inventor and machinist; he held several patents. He also worked with the youth of Edgemere Theatre and was a member of numerous organizations including the Hudson-Essex Terraplane Organization the Association of Aircraft Owners and Pilots, the USS Stephen Porter Association, the VFW and the NRA.
William enjoyed building and piloting his personal plane and was a member of the United Flying Octogenarians, a group of 900 actively flying pilots ages 80 and over. He once flew actress Jean Stapleton, famous for playing Edith Bunker on TV, to her daughter’s house in Pennsylvania. Other hobbies included memorizing and reciting poetry, playing harmonica and piano by ear and refurbishing and showing vintage cars, which he raced in his earlier years.
He is survived by sisters Evelyn Wood and Mildred Gusler; dear friend and fellow UFO member George Levis, with whom he built his plane; seven nieces and nephews, Nancy Inman, Jack and Bill Gusler, Ed Wood, Carol Hamblen, Kathy McCann and Lauren Lange; 14 grandnieces and -nephews and 6 great-grandnieces and -nephews. Also survived by sister-in-law Joanne Wood, wife of his deceased brother. Predeceased by his brother Edward Douglas Wood, Jr., his mother Katherine Barr Wood and his father Edward Douglas Wood, Sr.
A viewing followed by services were held at the Duda-Ruck Funeral Home in Dundalk on Oct. 25.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army of Greater Baltimore, PO Box 6489, Baltimore, MD 21230, or to the National Rifle Association of American, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030.