Melvin Wood

Thursday, July 1, 2010

PERRYVILLE, Mo. -- Melvin T. "Moe" Wood, 87, of Perryville died Tuesday, June 29, 2010, at Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.

He was born July 25, 1922, in Perryville, son of Prince Edward and Marcillia Richardet Wood. He and Nora "Sis" Laurentius were married Oct. 12, 1976, in Perryville.

Moe was a World War II Army veteran.

He was a member of American Legion Post 133. He coached Little League baseball many years, and coached the National Guard Little League team to a championship in 1969.

Wood was a die unit foreman at International Shoe Co. and also worked at the Perryville Water Plant. He was a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.

Survivors include his wife, Nora "Sis" Wood of Perryville; two sons, Edward (Donna) Wood of Perryville, Patrick (Tricia) Wood of Mayflower, Ark.; a daughter, Peggie (Dale) Hotop of Perryville; a sister, Ollie Streiler of Perryville; four grandchildren, Jason Hotop, Lindsey Wood and Casey Wood of Perryville, and Candice Joner of Arkansas.

He was preceded in death by parents; six brothers; a sister; and a grandson, Wesley Dean Hotop.

Pallbearers will be Jason Hotop, Eddie Laurentius, Mike Lipe, Tim Buchheit, Gary Streiler and Elizabeth Buerck.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. today and 6:30 to 9:50 a.m. Friday at Miller Family Funeral Home. The parish wake will be at 7. An American Legion service will also be held today.

Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Vincent de Paul Church, with the Rev. Joe Williams officiating. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to Alzheimer's Foundation or American Kidney Foundation.