Obituary: James (and#8221;Woodyand#8221;) McKenzie Wood
May 13, 2010
James McKenzie Wood was born Aug. 10, 1956, in Sunbury, London, England. When he was 9 months old, he immigrated to the United States. He went from Southhampton, England, to New York via ship and came across the country to Alhambra, CA via train. James became a US Citizen in 1967.
James went to school in Alhambra, Calif., and at 17, joined the Marine Corps. He served from 1973 until 1978. He came out of the Marine Corps with the rank of Corporal, a good conduct medal and an honorable discharge.
In 1986, James moved to Truckee with his beloved dog, Doobie. They camped along the Truckee River until James found a place for them to live. James worked at Truckee Precision for about 20 years. James moved back to Southern California in 2006.
In 2007, he was diagnosed with bowel cancer. He fought the cancer bravely for 2 1/2 years, but lost the battle on March 24, 2010, at 6:20 a.m. He died at the Loma Linda VA hospital in Loma Linda, Calif. He had wonderful care during his weekand#8217;s stay at the hospital.
James is survived by his parents, Ernest and Betty Wood; his sister, Kathleen Hammel and her husband, David Hammel; his favorite niece, Jeanne Hammel; and nephew, Michael Hammel.
There will be a Celebration of Life for James at the West end of Donner Lake in Truckee on Saturday, May 29, at noon, followed by a barbecue. In lieu of flowers, family is asking that donations be made to the Veteranand#8217;s Guest House, 880 Locust St. Reno, NV, 89502.