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Kenneth "Dean" Wood, 65, passed away suddenly Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at Presence St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin. Dean was surrounded by the love and prayers of his family and friends and has gone home to claim the glory of his Savior, Jesus Christ. Dean was born on December 23, 1949 in Wichita, Kansas to loving parents W. Kenneth and Ruth E. (Lewis) Wood. His family moved from Kansas in 1954 to a dairy farm in Kenosha County, Wisconsin where Dean attended local schools. He graduated from Westosha Central High School with the class of 1968 and continued his education at Prarie Bible Institute in Canada. Dean met and married Ruth A. Landreth in 1976. They made their home in West Chicago until they eventully moved to DeKalb. They were blessed with two daughters, Heather Ruth and Hannah Bea. Dean and Ruth went their separate ways in 1998. Dean was lucky in love a second time when he met Victoria Neisendorf-Kinney at Christ Community Church in DeKalb while celebrating the Lord. They soon fell in love and were married on July 4, 2008 at Hallgren Park in DeKalb. After the wedding, they purchased a home in Maple Park where they have continued to make their home. Dean and Vicki were only blessed with 6 short years together but they loved every minute of those years.Dean raised hogs before going off to college and getting married. After his first marriage he spent a time doing apartment complex maintence, his bosses there told him he did too good of a job! He found his life’s work when he started his career at General Mills where he was a devoted employee for over 37 years. Dean held many jobs at General Mills, primarily in the warehouse. He spent the last few years as a "logistics technician" otherwise known as a forklift operator. He truly enjoyed his work and the opportunites it provided for him and his family. Dean was a devoted member of Christ Community Church of St. Charles.Dean was always a lover of animals beinning with his days on the dairy farm tending to the cows and taking care of the hogs. He loved dogs and even trained them for the 4-H club. His favorite animal was his horse, Sassy whom Dean used to say he was "married" to. Dean loved to read and study his bible, in fact it was so well read that today it is held together with duct tape. Dean and Vicki were members of a couples bible study group, a group who were very close and supportive. He and Vicki recently enjoyed traveling. They not only travelled for fun but also to help others, going on a mission trip to Kentucky on behalf of Christ Community. Dean\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\’s family were the most important part of his life. He enjoyed spending time with his 5 grandchildren; it gave him someone to play with, for he was truly a boy at heart. Dean is gone from this Earth but he will never be forgotten. Dean is survived by his wife Vicki of 6 years; his 2 daughters, Heather (Chris) Krupa, and Hannah Wood; his 3 step-children: David (Heidi) Kinney Jr., and John and Susan Kinney; 5 grandchildren: Gabrielle Bogolin; Katie, Titus, Timothy and Nathan Krupa; his sister, Jackie (Wayne) Marchetti; and a community of friends.Dean is preceded in death by his parents, W. Kenneth and Ruth E. Wood.A visitation will be held Tuesday, February 17, 2015 from 4-7pm at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce, Elburn, IL. A memorial service to celebrate Dean’s life will follow at 7pm at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Dean’s name. Checks may be made to the Dean Wood Memorial and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL
Tuesday, February 17th, visitation from 4-7 p.m. with a service to follow at 7 p.m.
Private family burial following cremation.