Philip Wood, age 83, passed away on July 1, 2019. Philip was born on March 3, 1936 in Flint Michigan to Rachel and Francis Wood. He is a graduate of East Lansing High School (1954), Dartmouth College, Cum Laude (1958) and University of Michigan Law School (1963). Philip served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from 1958-1960 and retired from the navy reserve in 1978 as lieutenant commander. His career included being a law clerk to federal district Judge Wallace Kent and practiced labor and employment law representing management for 50 years. Philip was Past President of the Legal Aid Society, Past President of Grand Rapids Lion’s Club, President of the Dartmouth Club of Western Michigan for over 25 years, and one of the founders of Lake Michigan Academy for children with dyslexia, and served on the board of directors.Philip enjoyed family events, gardening, salmon fishing on Lake Michigan, reading and writing.He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Carolyn; his son Daniel A. Wood, his daughter Kerstin (Patrick) Wisniewski; grandsons Palmer and Reese; sister, Ann Wood and nieces Cara (Alan) Davis and Laura (Eric) Clay.Visitation will be held on Friday, July 5 from 2-4 PM and 6-8 PM at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel, 3980 Cascade Road SE, Grand Rapids. Funeral services will be on Saturday, July 6 at O’Brien-Eggebeen-Gerst Chapel at 10 am with visitation one hour prior, Msgr. Ernest P. Schneider officiating. Interment: Findlay Cemetery.Memorial contributions can be made in Philip’s name to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60674 or the Grand Rapids Lion’s Club, 258 Morris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
Uncle Phil, thank you for taking me snowmobiling on the yellow ski doo. Thank you for letting me stay at your house whenever my parents were out of town. Thank you for always telling me the “Baby Boy Litton” story, concluding, “and then your father and I went across the street and had strong drink.” God bless you and keep you. Sean Litton