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Obituary - John Wood

Gregg's note
John Wood is buried at Red Brush Cemetery, north of Louisville. His grave is marked by a simple veterans monument.

Homer Il Enterprise
Thursday July 28, 1938

John WOOD, Civil War Vet, passes Friday at Age 92.

Military Service Held Here Before Burial Rites at Louisville, Ill.

A salute of five muskets by a firing squad of American Legion members over a casket, and "Taps" from a distant bugle concluded an impressive funeral service Sunday morning over the body of John WOOD, Homer's last member of the handful of the Grand Army of the Republic now living.

The 9:30 a.m. service, at which Rev. George A. REINHARDT of the Presbyterian church officiated, was held at the home on the Baird lands where Mr. WOOD had made his home for over a year with his granddaughter, Mrs. Ethel CARLISLE, and great-grandson, Woodrow CARLISLE, and were in charge of Morehouse funeral service. The American Legion and Legion Auxiliary assisted, paying a comrade of another war a last tribute of respect.

A brief obituary was read by Rev. Reinhardt, Mr. WOOD was born July 24, 1845, and died July 22, 1938. He married Mary HOLSTEIN in July, 1866, and to them were born two children, who survive him - Mrs. Bessie WOLF and Anderson WOOD, both of near St. Joseph. His wife died about 14 years ago, since which time he has lived nost of his time near here.

Besides his children, he is survived by seven grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren. A great-grandson, Woodrow W. CARLISLE of 61st C.A. Batter b, Ft. Sheridan, Ill, was present at the service.

When 18 years old he enlisted in the Union service in the Indiana 143d regiment. He was the last of seven brothers, all of whom were soldiers in the Civil War. Two of the brothers were killed in service.

An attack of pneumonia, complicated with age infirmities, conspired in the last few weeks of the life of this old soldier to defeat tow of his cherished aspirations. He had hoped to go to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg July 3, to which he and an escort had been invited with all expenses paid. His last illness set in only three or four days before, and he was sadly disapointed in being unable to witness this final reconcilliation reunion of both the Blue and the Gray.

He failed by only two days of reaching his 93d birthday, July 24, which was the day of his funeral.

Contributed 24 Nov 2001 by Gregg Knott


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