BETHEL — Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, June 9 at the United Church of Bethel for Newall Arthur Wood, 90, who died June 1 at Woodstock Terrace. Pastor Thomas Harty will officiate. A reception will follow the service. Calling hours are from 4-6 p.m. Saturday at the Day Funeral Home in Randolph. Burial with military honors will be at 11 a.m. Monday, June 10 at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph Center.
He was born Oct. 24, 1922 in Royalton; the son of Arthur E. and Iva L. (Russ) Wood.
He graduated from South Royalton High School in 1941, and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
Newall was married to Barbara Louise Champion in Rochester on June 12, 1948, and they moved to Bethel in 1949.
He worked as a service technician and in sales for Valley Motors in Bethel, a company he became an owner of in the early 1960’s. He was a member of the Bethel Rotary Club, White River Masonic Lodge #90, and was a supporter of the United Church of Bethel. He was active in the formation of the Bethel Recreation Committee, and a force in the origins of the Bethel Swimming Pool, which carries his name. Newall enjoyed NASCAR racing, boating, his pet dogs, and helping children.
Survivors include his wife, Barbara Louise Champion Wood of Bethel; sons, Gary D. Wood and his wife, Joann of Bethel, Craig N. Wood and his wife, Beverly of Litchfield, N.H., Brian S. Wood and his wife, Deborah of Westport, Conn., and Dennis M. Wood and his partner, Tracey Rogers of Bethel; daughter, Joan Iva Wood and her husband, Craig Obara of Albion, R.I.; sisters, Marion Button of Tunbridge and Rita Turner of Bethel; brother, Duane Wood of Milton; 12 grandchildren, Samantha L. Wood, Matthew D. Wood, Melissa J. Wood, Meredith Wood Dancause, Alaina Wood Kovel, Andrew N. Wood, Jennifer I. Wood, Michael J. Wood, Rachel L. Wood, Lindsay U. Marchand, Heather M. Obara, and Bryan C. Obara; three great-grandchildren, Luke Marchand, Sydney Marchand, and Imogen N. Dancause.
Contributions in his memory may be made to the Bethel Recreation Facility, Improvement Fund, 134 S. Main Street, Bethel, VT 05032.
Online condolences may be left at www.dayfunerals.com.
This obituary first appeared in the June 6, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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