Dr. Thomas English Wood, D.O. (referred to as “Woody” by many) passed away peacefully April 20, 2022, at Odin Healthcare Center in Odin, Illinois. There will be no public service or visitation per Dr. Wood‘s wishes.
He was born December 24, 1949, in Centralia, Illinois, the son of Dr. John and Rachel (English) Wood. He married Suzanne Kesinger in Sand Springs, Oklahoma and one child was born of this union.
He is survived by a daughter, Hannah Wood Hotze and a grandson, Campbell Hotze, of Centralia, his elder brother John James “Jim” Wood & wife Nancy of Centralia, one niece, Amanda Wood and husband Tyler Merta of Atlanta, Georgia and ex-wife and long-time friend, Suzanne Kesinger Wood, of Centralia.
Dr. Wood graduated from Centralia High School in 1968. He went on to undergraduate studies at DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana and from there onto medical school at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri where he received a medical degree in Orthopedic & Osteopathic medicine. Dr. Wood worked locally in the southern Illinois area, as well as the Oklahoma State Medical Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma and The Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
Woody enjoyed a number of winters in Florida and was an avid golfer. He was well-known to hit over 250 golf balls a day, rain, or shine. He was also forever a fan and was faithfully devoted to the old “Meadow Woods Country Club.” He once shared with his daughter that one of his fondest childhood memories was spending multiple Easter mornings eating a sunrise breakfast with his father, mother and brother at Centralia’s Foundation Park.
He is preceded in death by both of his parents, an infant brother, both sets of grandparents, and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.
There will be no public service or visitation per Dr. Wood’s wishes. Irvin Macz Funeral Home in Centralia was honored to be taking care of Dr. Wood’s family. Online condolences and memories of Woody may be shared with the family by visiting www.maczfuneralhomes.com and/or on the funeral home’s Facebook page.
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