William Earl Wood of Mt. Shasta passed away unexpectedly on January 11, 2021, at the age of 78.
Bill is survived by his wife of 57 years, Norma, of Mount Shasta; his sons, Craig (Kimberly) of Redding, and Keith of Mount Shasta; he was “Wepa” to his two granddaughters, Kenna and Ryann, of Redding. He is also survived by his brother, Lance Wood (Diana), of Mount Shasta.
Bill was born March 8, 1942, to parents Robert and Frances Wood. A graduate of San Bernardino High School, he moved to Siskiyou County in
1962. It wasn’t long before he met Norma while attending classes at COS. They married in October of 1963.
Bill worked briefly for the railroad before switching to the grocery industry. He worked in
several local grocery stores, including the McCloud Store, the Purity store in Mount Shasta (now Mount Shasta Super Market), Dunsmuir Thriftway, and then Shasta
View Market in Redding. In 1978 he purchased the Mother’s Cookies distributorship from Dino Pigoni, which later evolved into the Wood Distributing Company that it is today.
Bill was always active. He enjoyed playing baseball in his younger years, he played basketball in local leagues, and later in life he really enjoyed playing racquetball (after Norma taught him how to play.) Racquetball was almost an obsession, he enjoyed it that much. If he wasn’t working, he was trying to arrange a battle on the courts. At the club he was known as “The Legend” or “X-Factor,” names he gave himself, likely in an effort to intimidate his competition that was often half his age. Another passion and hobby were his classic cars. A mechanic he was not, but he loved to go cruising in his red ’57 Chevy truck, or his recently-acquired red Corvette. While driving his classic cars, Bill would think he was 18 again, and often drive that way ... and Norma would not hesitate to set him straight.
Due to COVID, the family is hoping to schedule a gathering of remembrance in the near future. Burial will take place at Mount Shasta Memorial Park.
Posted online on February 01, 2021