Kenneth Wood

Obituary of Kenneth E Wood

The Reverend Doctor Kenneth E. Wood of Apalachin NY. Ken Wood, 77 years of age, died of Congestive Heart Failure on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022 at Rochester General Hospital. He was predeceased by his parents Kenneth and Marilyn (Everett) Wood and brother James. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years Karen (Wescott) Wood, Sons Paul (Amy) of Allentown, PA, Peter (Robyn) of Owego, NY and Grandchildren Rachael, Eric, Matthew, and Kelly. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Thorick, Nancy Arkin (David), Donna Babcock (Scott), his brother Robert (Marianne), and many special nieces and nephews. Ken was born on April 22nd, 1944 and raised in Port Crane, New York, graduated from Chenango Valley High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts from Houghton College, a Masters of Theology from Boston University, and a Doctorate of Ministry from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. As a United Methodist Minister in the former Wyoming Annual Conference, Ken served churches in Tioga Center/Smithboro, Windsor, Vestal, Owego and Endicott. He also served the annual conference in the role of Council Director. Ken retired in 2006. After retirement he returned to service working part time at Owego UMC followed by service at Holy Nativity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Endicott, NY. Outside of work he loved spending time at his cottage at Petonia Lake in Greene, NY. He enjoyed golf, the Boston Red Sox, attending as many sporting events as possible, and traveling the world with his wife Karen. Above all else his greatest joy was his grandchildren. Ken's amazing life was one of mission and ministry to others. The family will receive relatives and friends Friday April 29th at Vestal United Methodist Church, 328 Main Street, Vestal, NY from 2-4:00 PM and 6-8:00 PM. A celebration of Ken's life will be held on Saturday, April 30th at Vestal United Methodist Church beginning at 10:30 AM. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ken can be made to Sky Lake Camp or Vestal United Methodist Church Memorial Fund. Gifts to Sky Lake may be made online by selecting "In Memory of Ken Wood" at or by mailing a check made out to "UNYAC-Sky Lake" to Sky Lake, 501 William Law Rd, Windsor, NY 13865.
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