Stanley James “Stan” Wood of Cassville, WI died on Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Meriter Hospital in Madison, WI after a hard fought, but brief, illness. Stan was born on November 9, 1961, to Loyle and Elaine (Sanders) Wood. Stan was one of 8 children. He grew up in rural Cassville on his family’s farm and attended school in Cassville. Stan graduated from Cassville High School in 1980 after which he attended technical college in La Crosse, WI before returning to Cassville to work on the family farm. He was united in marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” (Vogt) at St. Charles Church in Cassville, WI on October 2, 1982. He and Kathy lived on the family farm where they worked and raised their family. Stan farmed for 20+ years - first with his father and brothers and later with his wife and children; while farming full time Stan was also a bartender and worked at Milprint in Lancaster, WI. After Stan stopped farming in the early 2000’s, he worked for Okey Construction up until he began employment at John Deere Dubuque Works in 2006. While also working at John Deere, Stan proudly founded “Stan Wood Insurance” as an independent agent for Bloomington Farmers Mutual, 1st Auto & Casualty and various other companies. Stan worked at both John Deere and as an independent insurance agent up to the time of his death. Beyond his work, Stan was a member of the Cassville Lion’s Club and served in several leadership positions within the organization while he was involved. After much encouragement, Stan ran for office and was elected to the Glen Haven Township board. He was sworn into office in April 2021 and served as chairman for the township.
Stan was a devoted and loving son, brother, husband, father, cousin, community member and friend to everyone he met. Stan loved to tease, to tell a story or a joke, and to have a good “discussion”. Stan would not back down from an argument; he was going to test a person’s tenacity and would not shy away from telling them they were wrong - even if he agreed with them - just to keep things going. He appreciated animals and plants; he especially loved trees. Stan loved to feed the birds - to the humor and dismay of his wife. He was well known to sneak treats and table scraps to dogs even though he was told not to. He spent time hunting, or mostly just napping in the woods, and recently this fall was able to try his luck at black bear hunting for the first time. He loved his fishing trips to South Dakota with his wife, sister and brother-in-law. He most enjoyed spending time with his friends and family, his wife and children, their partners, and his grandchildren - of whom he was most proud. Stan took great joy in his grandchildren; he attended every dance recital, ball game, school event and birthday party and participated in dressing in every theme to please them. He warmly welcomed anyone who stopped by the house to visit for coffee on the porch or for a drink in the garage.
Stan is survived by his wife of 39 years, Kathy Wood, their children Jordan (Josh Mosley) Wood, Aaron (Desiree) Wood, Trenton (Molly Roskams) Wood, and his grandchildren Elle and Everett Wood and Jordan Miller and Amy Van, his mother, Elaine Wood, siblings Stuart Wood, Steve (Ann) Wood, Sandra Wood, Shawn (Dena) Wood, Susan (Mitch) Degenhardt, and Spencer Wood along with brothers and sisters in-law, many cousins, nieces, and nephews, and more close friends and acquaintances that can be counted. Stan was a special person and he will be deeply missed by many.
Stan was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Lawrence and Leila Wood, maternal grandparents, Floren (Pat) and Eva Sanders, his father, Loyle Wood, a brother, Stacey Wood, his father-in-law, Robert Vogt Sr., his mother-in-law, Carol Vogt and a brother-in-law, Dale “Buzz” Ackerman.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 29, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church in Cassville. Burial will be in the Cassville Cemetery. Family and friends may call on Friday January 28, 2022, from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the church, and on Saturday morning, from 9:30 a.m. until time of services at the church. Martin Schwartz Funeral Home & Crematory in Cassville is assisting the family. In lieu of plants and flowers, a Stan Wood memorial fund has been established.