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William J. Wood Jan. 11, 1946 - Sept. 10, 2018

Beloved, husband, father and grandfather William J. Wood, 72, of Peru passed away at 11:20 a.m. Monday, Sept. 10, 2018, at his residence. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on Jan. 11, 1946, the son of William R. and Delores Steffen Wood. Bill married Mary Ellen Gillespie in Chicago on Jan. 15, 1965, and she survives.

Bill’s greatest joys in his life were his wife and family and his Roman Catholic faith. He was an active member of St. Charles Catholic Church, where he had served in the prison ministry and he was instructor in the RCIA program of the church. Bill was a retired Norfolk and Sothern engineer.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Mary Ellen, are daughters Rosemary Wood of Fennville, Michigan, Maureen Hartleroad and her husband Steve of Peru and Amanda Anderson of Peru; sister Barbara Bennett and her husband Jim of Ankney, Iowa; brothers Robert Wood and his wife Chris of St. Louis and Richard Wood and his wife Chris of Ankney, Iowa; and grandchildren Josilyn Waller, Brenna Waller, Kyla Waller and Madeline Anderson.

A Mass of Christian Burial celebrating the life of William J. Wood will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, at the St. Charles Catholic Church, 58 W. Fifth St., Peru, with the Rev. Adam Mauman officiating. Burial will be in the St. Charles Catholic Cemetery. Family and friends will gather from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Eikenberry-Eddy Funeral Home, 84 W. Main St., Peru. There will be a prayer service at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made through the funeral home to the St. Charles Catholic Church.

Family and friends may leave a memory or message of condolence by visiting the online obituary at www.eddyfuneralhomes.com.