Garnet James “Woody” Wood

| February 25, 2016

Garnet WoodGarnet James “Woody” Wood, 76, a resident of 1441 Elk Street, Franklin, died peacefully at 6:30 PM Tuesday, February 23, 2016 in his home, surrounded by his family; following a courageous
battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born in Batavia, New York on May 6, 1939, he was a beloved son of the late Garnet John Wood and Helen Snyder Wood.

Mr. Wood was a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he earned his minor degree in Hydrology and his BSA degree in Soil Physics and Soil Agronomy.

He began his working career with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service at its Experimental Station in Tifton, GA;
working there for five years. He continued working in transition with the U.S. Forest Service, having been appointed to the department’s field offices i Lancaster, NH, Asheville, NC, Roanoke, VA, Warren, PA, Berea, KY, Charlottesville, VA and London, KY; before retiring with 30 years of service. He moved to Franklin in August of 1994 with his family and began his own consulting firm, Environmental Resources, which specialized in municipal soil and water resources solutions. He had also acted as an environmental consultant to Wodzianski Engineering, Inc. of Franklin where his expertise was called upon for specialized and selected part-time/short term projects.

Mr. Wood loved Franklin. He remained civically active as his health permitted. He was elected, and had served five terms as a
member of Franklin City Council, was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors of the Venango Regional Planning Commission, served as a member of the Board of Directors of the C.O.G. (Council of Governments), was a longtime member of
the Board of Directors of the Franklin Public Library as well as served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Venango County Historical Society, a member of the Board of Directors of Venango Video and had been a recently appointed member of the Board of Directors of the Oil Region Alliance.

He was an active and faithful member of the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin, where he had acted as the church’s Clerk of Session, had served on numerous church committees and was a member of the church’s Board of Trustees. A most memorable time for him was being able to participate on two of the church’s mission trips to Gdansk, Poland serving alongside Habitat for Humanity.

In his spare time, he enjoyed coin and stamp collecting, gardening and a vast array of home improvement projects. He was always most proud of his family and the time he was able to spend with his grandchildren. He looked forward to the many summers he spent with his family at Chautauqua Lake.

He married the former Lynn Marie Kauffman on August 5, 1978, who survives.

In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by his children: Lauren Wood Murray and her husband Shawn of Bradford, Margaret Wood Smith and her husband Robert of Mooresville, NC,
Garnet John Wood and his wife Denise of Buffalo, NY, James Andrew Wood of Phoenix, AZ and William Edward Wood and his wife Diane of Springville, NY.

Also surviving are his grandchildren: Bryan and Alexander Smith, Emily Wood and Evan and Owen Murray.

He was preceded in death by his parents and by his step-father, Harry Wagner.

In keeping with his wishes, there will be no public visitation.

A memorial service in celebration of his life is being planned by his family and will be announced at a later time, to be held in the First Presbyterian Church in Franklin.

Memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed in Garnet’s name to either: The First Presbyterian Church, 1250 Elk Street, Franklin, PA 16323, The Franklin Public Library, 421-12th Street, Franklin, PA 16323 or to your local cancer foundation.

Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Timothy E.
Hartle Funeral Home, 1328 Elk Street in Franklin.

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