Lewis Russell Wood, 85, of Hulett, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 12, at The Legacy Living and Rehab Center in Gillette.
Lewis was born four miles west of Hulett on Aug. 25, 1933. His parents were John C. and Myrtle (Lawrence) Wood. Lewis grew up in the Hulett-Sundance area and attended grade school in Hulett and The Government Canyon School in Moskee. The family moved to Spearfish in 1948 so the kids could attend Spearfish High School and Lewis graduated in 1952.
Lewis served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55, serving 16 months in Korea. He was awarded the Ambassador for Peace at a medal ceremony in 2015. After returning from Korea, Lewis married his sweetheart, Shirley Knapp, July 17, 1955.
Lewis was in the logging business for several years and was manager of the Hulett Coop before purchasing his own business. Lewis and Shirley owned and operated three different businesses from 1977 to 2007; Devils Tower Trading Post, Big Horn Mountain Campground and Devils Tower View.
Lewis dearly loved his family and enjoyed fishing, hunting, boating, dancing, playing cards and all family events, and Lewis loved spending the winters in Arizona.
Lewis is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Gillette; seven children, Anita (Mark) Gabso of North Smithfield, Rhode Island, Shawn (Bob) Burnett of Spearfish, South Dakota, Russell Wood of Casper, Taina (John) Garman of Buffalo, Elaena (Dean) Velikaneye of Gillette, Treig (Heather) Wood of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and Trev (Monica) Wood of Cody; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Lewis was preceded in death by his son, Kevin, and parents, John and Myrtle Wood.
Funeral services were held Feb. 17 at the Greater Hulett Community Center in Hulett with the Rev. Tom Martin officiating. Burial followed at Moore Hill Cemetery near Hulett. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked for contributions, in memory of Lewis Wood to: Ride a Horse Feed a Cowboy, P.O. Box 279, Hulett, WY 82720.
Arrangements are under the care of Fidler-Roberts & Isburg Funeral Chapel of Sundance. Online condolences may be written at www.fidler-isburgfuneralchapels.com