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1120 E. Main Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
Phone: 605-624-2829
Fax: 605-624-2931
Robert Wood

Robert Wood

Sunday, July 28th, 1940 - Thursday, October 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Robert Wood, 80, of Vermillion, SD passed away Monday at his residence with his family by his side.
Bob was born July 28, 1940 in Winona, MN to Robert and Harriet Wood, he attended schools in Minnesota, receiving his BS degree from Winona State in 1962 and his MS degree in 1963. In 1966, he married Elizabeth Gunhus in Kenyon, MN and he then went on to receive his Ed.D. from the University of Montana in 1968.
Bob was a professor at the University of South Dakota from 1968-2002 and continued doing a Geography Correspondence Course until 2012. He was voted professor of the year by USD students and also USD Greek organization, Outstanding USD professor by Burlington Northern and received the Belbas-Larson Award for most tenured professor. He wrote the “Ask The Professor” column for the Argus Leader from 1987-2002, was responsible for many grants, held many positions at USD, Wrote international agreements for USD and universities in Germany, Japan, the UK, Poland and Spain. Over the years, he has been awarded many positions and awards through numerous societies and boards. Bob established the Robert Wood/Elizabeth Wood Elementary Education/Special Education Scholarship Endowment at USD (2002). He currently held positions with the First Bank and Trust Community Board, and was President of the Clay Rural Water System Board.
Bob was a stamp collector, a ham radio operator who worked every country on voice and code except N. Korea. He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan for many years. Bob enjoyed planting gardens of vegetables and flowers, Each spring was beautiful!
Starting in 2001, Bob and Liz traveled to every continent and especially enjoyed walking with the penguins in Antarctica.
He is survived by his wife of 54 years Liz, his son Bill and a granddaughter Gracie all of Vermillion.
We’re thankful for the Sioux Falls Sanford Medical Staff, The Vermillion Medical Clinic, Vermillion First Responders and Sheriff’s Department, Steve Miller and The Hansen Funeral Home.
A celebration of life will by 2:00 PM Friday, October 30 at the Hansen Funeral Home in Vermillion, SD.
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    Friday, October 30th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 30th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Hansen Funeral Home
    Address
    1120 E. Main St.
    VERMILLION, SD
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Wayne Fischer

Posted at 12:16pm
Dear Wood Family,
I was deeply saddened to learn of Bob's passing. My contact with Bob was as a fellow member of the FB&T advisory board. I always looked forward to seeing Bob's infectious smile and bubbly personality! We typically shared good times engaging in some good natured SDSU vs. USD banter as well as Vikings vs. Packers comparisons. Bob's personality was always optimistic and upbeat with a heart for serving others. He will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this time of loss. Blessings!
Wayne Fischer
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trudy/larry anthofer

Posted at 08:03pm
What a great man! He was a very humble, caring, well read, interesting man and we shared the same birthday! He was also my advisor in college. He will be missed! My heart goes out to the family. Peace Bob!
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Amy and Will Schweinle

Posted at 05:29pm
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Dyanis Popova

Posted at 06:32am
I never got to meet Dr. Wood but he was a definite influence and a kind heart in my 5 years at USD. As new faculty, he reached out and introduced himself by email and regularly contacted me to offer words of support and ideas for scholarship. I looked forward to his emails every few months. He was an amazing person and I am sad that I never got to meet him in person. My sincerest condolences to his family.
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Timothy Schorn

Posted at 06:54pm
I am so sad to hear about Bob. He was a real friend and mentor, and was always so encouraging and supportive. You aww all in my thoughts.
 
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Timothy Schorn Posted at 06:55pm

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