Little Snake River Valley resident, Albert Blaine Wood, died Nov. 17, 2003 at Castlerock Convalescent Center, in Green River, Wyo. He was 83.
Wood was born Sept. 29, 1920 in Craig, Colo.
Wood grew up in the 1930's on the family homestead at Putt Creek. In addition, he herded sheep as a young man on Baker's Peak and the desert west of Baggs. Wood and Barbara Peter were married on Jan. 17, 1946, in Rawlins, and they had three children. He worked for John Cobb on the ranch at Savery, after serving in the Navy during the Second World War. Later, Wood moved the family to Encampment, where he worked on the Silver Spur Ranch. He returned to the Little Snake River in 1958, leasing a ranch from Margaret Anderson at Savery. He and his wife, Barbara, worked the ranch for twenty-two years leaving in 1980. Prior to retiring in 1990, he worked for Mountain Fuels for nine years.
Wood is survived by his sister, Mary (Frank) Kenny, of Wintrop, Wash., and their sons Lowell and Kim; a brother, Crawford Wood, of Fremont, Neb.; sons Blaine, and Blaine's two daughters, Jennifer (Mike) Granlund, of Greeley, Colo., and Janice Wood, of Greeley, and Pete (Barbara), of Twentynine Palms, Calif, and their children Jeremy, Kelly, and Kristen; and a daughter, Barbara A. "Missy" (Steve) Smith, of Baggs, their son Darrell (Callay) Danford, of Dixon, and their son, Gabe Danford.
Wood was preceded in death by his parents Ira B. and Harriet Wood, grandson, Michael Lynn Danford, and wife, Barbara, who passed away Dec. 2, 1996.
Services were Nov. 21, 2003, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church with Doug Wasinger officiating. The organist was Connie Spicer and the soloist was Jake Fleming. Selections were "My Father's Eyes", "The Old Rugged Cross", and "These Are My Mountains".
Pallbearers were Jeremy Wood, Kelly Wood, Kristen Wood, Janice Wood, Jennifer Wood Granlund, and Darrell Danford.
Honorary pallbearers were Tom Cobb, Jack Cobb, Mike Thomas, Shyla Allen, Eli Allen, Cliff Hauser, and "All Albert's Many Friends Past and Present".
Interment was at Reader Cemetery.