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Kelly Michael Wood

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 Kelly Michael Wood

December 15, 1955 ~ August 3, 2014

Kelly Michael Wood was born to David and Ann Wood on December 15, 1955, in Wenatchee, WA. Throughout his life, he had many nicknames, none of which could fully define him, but when put together, gave a glimpse of the man he was. His first, came with the birth of his brothers: “Big Brother Kel.” Kelly’s large frame was matched only by his large heart and loyalty. When his brothers got in trouble, they knew big brother Kel would be there to lend a voice, and sometimes a fist, if the need arose. When a brother needed a place to stay, Kelly was there to provide it, along with the knowledge of how to be a man responsible for he and his, a lesson they all learned well. Kelly took his job as eldest brother seriously, just as he took all of his jobs. At 17, he began working as a cement finisher for his uncle and soon was known as one of the best in town. With incredible strength, he could lift three panels from the back of the truck, carry them across the site, and throw them to their destination as if he had thrown a nail. Kelly later opened up Bright and Beautiful Carpet Cleaning, but returned to cement finishing, before finally pursuing what would be his favorite profession as a Certified Nurse’s Assistant-delegated. With his strength, patience, and passion, he became a favorite with all his clients. However, the care didn’t stop when he came home from work.

As “Uncle Mooly,” he loved his nieces and nephews with a fierceness of a parent. To many of his nephews and nieces, he was a second father, a home they knew they could always get a meal, always sleep over, and always feel the love Kelly so freely gave to those who entered his sphere of influence.

He loved being uncle, but “Dad” was a name he wore even more proudly than the others. His dream was to have five sons, just like his father. What he got were four above-average boys. Though he dreamed of raising a basketball team, Kelly was happiest supporting his sons’ passions, be it sports, art, music, literature, or fishing. He was proud of his sons simply because they were his, the rest was always just bragging rights - and he would tell anyone listening about his boys.

Thinking “Dad” couldn’t be matched, Kelly was surprised to find that “Papa Cia” became an identity as fitting. Christened by his two-year-old grandson on a camping trip in Entiat, WA, he would from that day be Papa Cia, a role he cherished with every diaper change, nap, snuggle, and photo.

Kelly was a man who made a life better for having been in it. The hole left by his passing will never be mended, but will be made endurable, if only to honor his greatest wish of happiness for all his family and friends.

He is survived by his sons, Steve (Brenda), Aaron (Michelle), Shane, and Andrew; grandchildren, Caelyn, DaKota, Karson, Tyler, and Jayna: great-grandchild, Alyvia; brothers and sisters-in-law, Brian (Terry), Kevin (Dorothy), Brett (Brenda), and Kraig (Marjorie); mother, Ann; nephews and nieces, Brian, Ryan, Shannon, Justin, Devin, Kyle, Trever, Chelsie, Russ, Danielle, and Michaela; and all the other friends, family, and strangers who felt his love and generosity.

Celebration of Life Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, August 10, 2014, at Beacon Hill Grange, 323 Easy Street, Wenatchee. A potluck reception will follow the service and Pastor Michael Hope will be officiating. Please express your thoughts and memories on the online guestbook at jonesjonesbetts.com. Arrangements are by Waterville Funeral Home.

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