Walter Herbert Wood


Walter Herbert Wood, 92, of Amarillo, TX passed away on February 2, 2023.

Private services will be held.

Walter Herbert Wood was born to Clarence and Lena Query Wood on May 20, 1930, in Hammond, Bourbon Co, KS.

He graduated from the Fulton, Kansas High School in 1946. In 1951 he married Georgia Lee Mathews of Bronson, KS and to that union was born Sheryl Deanne, Glenda Ranae and Stephanie Ann. Walter was a high school math teacher. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in 1957 and Master’s Degree in 1958 from Pittsburg State Teacher’s College, Pittsburg, Kansas. In 1975 he received his Ph.D. in Math Education from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. He taught in the schools of Bronson, Kansas; Uniontown, Kansas; Hammond, Kansas (each one for one year) and Ames, Iowa Senior High School from September 1958 to May 1992 (34 years). He served in the US Army as a Corporal during the Korean War, 8 November 1951 to October 1953, (US55190969), Headquarters and Service Company, 373rd Armed Infantry Bn, 6th Inf. Div., Wildflecken, Germany. He belongs to the First Church of the Nazarene, Amarillo, TX. He has lived in Hammond, Kansas; Ft. Scott, Kansas; Wichita, Kansas; Pittsburg, Kansas; Ames, Iowa; and Amarillo, Texas.

His parents, a brother Leland, and daughter Glenda Ranae Wood DeHerrera preceded him in death.

He leaves his wife, Georgia, of the home; daughters, Sheryl Deanne Albertson (David), of Leland, Iowa, and Stephanie Ann Rifenberg (Jimmy), of Amarillo, Texas; grandchildren, Laurann Anderson (James) and family, of Leland, IA, Betsie Feldkamp (Daniel) and family, of Minnesota, Tisha Thompson (Scott) and family, of Leland, IA, Ethan Albertson (Michelle) and family, of Forest City IA, Aaron DeHerrera (Whitney) and family, of Lawrence, KS, Leeana Ryan (Tremain), of Lawrence, KS, Jordan Rifenberg and family, of Amarillo, TX, and Justin Rifenberg and family, of Amarillo, TX; a sister, Loreta Jent (Larry), of Fort Scott, KS; and brothers, Rev. Kenneth Wood, of Leavenworth, KS, and Byrne Wood of Ellsworth, KS; and many nieces and nephews.

12 Replies to “Walter Herbert Wood”

  1. My condolences to the family. Aunt Georgia, cousins Sheryl and Stephanie, grandchildren and great grandchildren who are also cousins of mine. Uncle Walt was always a joy to visit when I visited my Midwest family.

    Love you all,

  2. Dr Wood was my favorite math teacher, ever. Better than any math teacher I had from junior high through college.

    He was so patient, knowledgeable, kind, and caring. He made difficult math concepts understandable and was always ready to give a struggling student another chance.

    Also, he was unflappable in the classroom. I remember when one of my classmates arrived (1) late, (2) with a dog (!); and (3) carrying a bag of Fritos! The classmate lifted one leg of her desk, fitted the dog’s leash under that leg, and proceeded to let her dog munch on the Fritos. Dr Wood’s lesson went forward without missing a beat.

    I will miss him, but am happy to read that he had a long and, I hope, happy life. My condolences to his wife and family.

  3. We will miss Walter Wood; our friendly good neighbor of several years. Walter always had a friendly wave when we drove by and he was working on his yard which he kept perfectly neat. We will also miss occasional chats we had with him noting his uplifting view on what ever. I bet there are lots of former students that remember Walter well as a teacher that made a difference in their lives.

    -Carol and Diane Lindemann

  4. PRECIOUS Walter, we
    the awesomeness you experienced as you entered into God’s presence, and saw Christ Jesus, face to face.
    Praise God for His promises, His mercy, and His Amazing grace.
    You are loved.♥

  5. Sending prayers for the family. I remember the Wood family when they attended the high school in Fulton, Kansas. I help publish the Osaga Historical Society newsletter and we will include his obituary in the February issue. Newata Kay Wimmer Thompson

  6. I’m so sorry to hear of Walters’s passing. I had the privilege of knowing him slightly through a family connection. He seemed such a gentle soul. My condolences to the family.

  7. I’m so sorry to hear of Walt’s passing. He was such a great teacher in high school, as proven by all the extra time he put in helping me pass Algebra. Later he and Georgia became such good friends at church. Georgia, you and your family are in my prayers. I’m looking forward to a grand reunion in Heaven someday.

  8. I had Mr. Wood for Algebra 3&4 at Ames High School. He made it interesting & was a very good teacher & very nice man. He will be missed.

  9. Georgia and family, Mom and I are so sorry to hear of Walt’s passing, but thankful for the promise of reunion in heaven. You will be in our thoughts and prayers. God bless.

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