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Richard L. Wood

To honor Richard Lee “Dick” Wood of Jackson, a private service was held Friday, June 25, 2021, at McCombs Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Jackson. The Rev. Jim Matthews officiated. Military honors were performed at the Missouri State Veteran’s Cemetery in Bloomfield, where Dick was laid to rest.

Dick, 83, passed away Tuesday, June 22, 2021, at SoutheastHEALTH in Cape Girardeau. He was born Nov. 1, 1937, in Cape Girardeau, to Sewell and Daisy Macke Wood. He and Brenda Mayfield were married June 29, 1963, in Morley.

Dick was a lifelong resident of Jackson and a 1956 graduate of Jackson High School. He honorably served more than 22 years in the Missouri National Guard, retiring Nov. 1, 1997, as a Major.

Dick was a lifelong construction worker, retiring in 2005 from Penzel Construction Company as a Construction Superintendent.

He was a longtime member of Shawnee Hills Baptist Church in Jackson. Dick wholeheartedly trusted in the power of prayer and was honored to pray for or with anyone.

Dick was an avid outdoors-man, and through the years, he enjoyed the company of several special canine companions. He was the last surviving founding member of the Cape County Gun Club.

When inclement weather kept Dick from being outside, he was content to work for hours in his woodworking shop. He was always on the hunt for unique wood to craft things from. The past several years, he especially enjoyed making wood bowls and sharing them with his friends.

Loving survivors include his wife of nearly 58 years, Brenda Wood of Jackson, three children, Laura (Brian) Blankenship and Ellen Wood, both of Jackson, and Kent Wood of Louisville, KY, a special granddaughter, Dani-elle, and a sister-in-law, Estelee Wood of Jackson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his twin brother, Mike Wood and a sister, Betty (Harold) Landgraf.

Memorials may take the form of contributions to Shawnee Hills Baptist Church or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by clicking on the tribute wall tab of Dick’s personal obituary page at

Jay Forness covers education, county government and community events for The Cash-Book Journal. He graduated from Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in multimedia journalism and has lived in Jackson for the past five years. He can be reached at

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