John Wood

John Leigh Wood

Wednesday, June 16th, 1926 - Tuesday, May 5th, 2020
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John Leigh Wood, 93, of Salem, Va., died on Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

He was born on June 16, 1926, in Roanoke, Va. He was a graduate of Andrew Lewis High School. He served in the Navy (Radarman) for both World War II and the Korean War and was discharged in 1956. John graduated from Virginia Polytechnical Institute with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He was plant manager at Drill Carrier-Gardner Denver Salem division /Cooper Industries. John lived a long and full life. His wife, Becky, died in 2018 after 62 years of marriage.

He is survived by daughter, Rebecca Leigh “Becky Leigh” Wood; son, John Alexander “Alex” Wood (Wendy); two grandchildren, Max and Ellen; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

John was a lifelong member of Salem Presbyterian Church. He will be remembered for his love of family, service to the church, passion for gardening, joy of fishing, and entertaining folks with his history of Salem.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at Salem Presbyterian Church to celebrate his life. John’s wishes were that memorial donations should be made to Salem Presbyterian Church.

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Tom Wenrich

Posted at 09:59am
I was very sorry to hear of John's passing. When I moved to Roanoke John was in charge of the engineering department at Gardner Denver. He was an inspiration to me and was a good example for my life.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Tom and Jane Wenrich

Betty Grisso

Posted at 11:26am
I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. I worked with him at Drill Carrier many years ago, but have always remembered him with great affection. I have thought of him so many times over the years, and am sorry that our paths never crossed again. He made me a stand for my stereo that I kept and used for years and years. That is one memory, but there are many more.
He was just such a nice man. My husband and I met while I worked at Drill Carrier. My husband would work there during breaks at VA Tech, so we both knew John. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you today and in the days and weeks ahead.
With our deepest sympathy,
Betty and Donnie Grisso

Brant Landon

Posted at 08:35am
We are so sad to lose such a dear man as John, but are sure he is happily reunited with his lovely wife Becky. I've known both John and Becky much of my adult life and have some wonderful memories of the big old house in Salem, always with wonderful smells wafting from the kitchen. Above all, I will cherish an amazing creation John made me in his shop - a very detailed saddle rack! It holds 4 saddles, and the rack on top flips over so I can easily clean the under sides of my saddles. It's a true work of art and has been the envy of a lot of barns where I've had my horses. To top it all, I have the ONLY one, and even better - I have his design plans! (not that I could ever duplicate it) Thanks, John, with much love!

Brant & Pete Landon, Charlottesville, VA.

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