IMPERIAL -- Claude Wood, 105, died Tuesday (Oct. 30, 2007) at Chase County Community Hospital.
He was born Oct. 8, 1902, to Laura Ellen Edwards and Albert Martin Wood in Benkelman. He attended Rollwitz Grade School and graduated from the Benkelman High School with the class of 1921. He then attended Lincoln Business College.
In 1926, he drove a Model T car to California with Walter Ough. He returned to Nebraska and married Emma Frances Kuhns at Fort Morgan, Colo., on May 26, 1928. They made their home north of Benkelman.
In 1945, they moved to a farm south of the Chase-Dundy County line, known as the old Green place. In 1953, he was the second person to establish irrigation in the area and not only put in that well but added two more wells. He was a farmer and rancher
On Feb. 11, 1970, Emma died. He married Laura Sauer on June 16, 1975. He lived in the Imperial Heights Parkview assisted living and the Manor for the last 12 years.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church in Imperial and served on the school board District No. 15 and District No. 12 in Dundy County. He also was a Republican and served on the election board for many years. He served as a Federal Land Bank Director and on the Board of the Production Credit Association and also on the Hiawatha Cemetery Board. He also helped deliver meals on wheels for the Imperial Senior Center.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Laura; wives, Emma and Laura; daughters, Frances Wood and Doralee Hoffler; grandson, Van Wilson; step-mother, Burgett Wood; step-sisters, Cynthia Ellis, Ethel Draper, Lois Long and Margie Burgett; and brothers, Earl and Glen.
Survivors include his daughter, Annette Wilson and husband, Kaye of Ralston; son, Keith Wood and wife, Barbara of Benkelman; step-daughter, Joan Bartels and husband, Dick of Imperial; 10 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were today at First United Methodist Church in Imperial, with the Rev. Kay Alnor and Martin Harmon officiating. Interment followed in the Benkelman Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Hiawatha Cemetery or Imperial Volunteer Fire Department.
Liewer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.