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John "Jack" Ellsworth Wood

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Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

John “Jack” Ellsworth Wood passed away June 2, 2008, in Glenwood Springs.

Jack was born Dec. 22, 1919, in Denver, to Dolly Fern June and Oliver Perry Wood.

The family moved to Texas when Jack was a young child, and he later returned to Denver where he attended college until World War II.



Jack joined the U.S. Air Force in July of 1942, and served until June of 1946. He was a fighter pilot in the 44th Fighter Squadron, 13th AF, and served in the Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands. During his two terms, he flew a total of 96 combat missions, and earned the Purple Heart, Air Medal with four oak leaf clusters, the Silver Star and the Distinguished Flying Cross; and obtained the rank of major.

Jack met the love of his life, Jean L. Ossen, before he entered the service. They were married Dec. 18, 1943, in Santa Monica, Calif.



Upon his discharge, Jack and Jean moved to Alaska, where Jack flew commercial planes.

They moved to Glenwood Springs in 1951. He subdivided land and built speculative and custom homes until he purchased Bo-Mar Jewelers in 1965. He remained there until his retirement in 1985.

Jack and Jean enjoyed hiking, downhill skiing, golf and traveling all over the world with Ports of Call. Jack was Past Exalted Ruler of Glenwood Springs Elks Lodge #2286.

Jack is survived by cousin Connie (Dutch) Wehling of Littleton; nieces and nephews; and many good friends in Glenwood Springs.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 wonderful years.

Cremation has taken place, and at his request, no services will be held.

Memorial contributions in his name may be made to Valley View Hospital.


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