Charles Delmer Wood was born November 9, 1942 to Delmer and Neva (Dillon) Wood, and he passed peacefully on November 27, 2018 at his current residence in Owasso, OK. He was born and raised in Seminole, OK, and after his school years joined the US Army where he served as a paratrooper. Charles spent most of his working years in the oil and gas business in the well logging facet of the industry. He began his career as a logging technician where his work took him to Texas, Wyoming and even offshore rigs in Alaska. He worked his way from the ground up in the logging industry eventually owning his own business, Universal Well Logging based out of Wheeler, Texas, and Elk City, OK.
Charlie was a natural athlete excelling at most every sport he ever attempted. He was an avid golfer and an excellent fisherman, thoroughly enjoying sharing his secrets with children and grandchildren. He was a terrific bowler as well, participating in many leagues all over the state. Charles was a rabid sports fan. His favorite teams were the University of Oklahoma (particularly football) and always eagerly awaited watching an OKC Thunder basketball game. Charlie oversaw sales for his logging company and was never at a loss for words with rich stories of his life’s exotic experiences, a well-timed joke and a constant, colorful conversationalist finding a commonality with most everyone he met. He was an instantly likeable guy who never met a stranger. It was a cruel irony that Charles, who suffered a stroke at the young age of 62, was robbed of his speech and was paralyzed on the right side of his body. This never kept Charlie’s personality from shining through and he constantly continued to make new friends and entertain with his quirky antics. Charles touched many, many lives in his short time on earth and will be greatly missed by all that knew, loved and cared for him.
Charles was a devoted family man and is survived by his sons Chris Anderson and Jason Wood (Ellen), and daughter Melissa Keeter (Greg). Grandsons Austin Anderson (Paige) and Aaron Anderson, Riley, Carson and Kellen Keeter and Carter Wood. Granddaughters include K.C. Anderson and Ainsley Wood. He is also survived by 2 brothers, Gerald Wood (Linda) and Darrell Wood (Priscilla), and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Donald Wood.
A come and go Celebration of Life was held on December 2, 2018 from 1:00-4:00 p.m. at the Tea Room of the Red Bud Enrichment Center located at 7410 N. 127th E. Ave. in the Baptist Village complex in Owasso, OK.
During a journey of life
Many individuals cross our path.
Some mesmerize and consume us
With their wit, charm, humor and creativity
While others, like an old dream, are easily and quickly forgotten.
Charles was one your mind kept wandering back to.
Fast cars, fisticuffs and relentless recklessness fulfilled an insatiable adrenaline urge while
Deep, young, undying first love created lives of life-long adoration.
With no compass, and many times appearing to have no direction
He discovered his way by instinct and distinctive intellect.
Undaunted by dead ends he continued to forge his future,
A tongue of platinum and a personality of precious gems
Allowed him in and out of almost any situation.
Chuck eventually parlayed his talents into
Business crude, repaying his countless brass ring grasps for success.
His sail of life steered by an unpredictable wind allowed him to drift into many a human existence
Touching each one uniquely, individually and with a personal intensity
One could rarely deny.
His passion for life fueled his never-ending adventures,
Spawning unforgettable, freely shared, whimsical tales of his experiences and escapades.
There will always be those that have disappeared from our memory,
But Charlie would not be one of those.
He is ingrained in each of our minds, eternally etched on our souls and constantly recurring in our
Thoughts and dreams.
Charles is a piece of each of us
In the jigsaw puzzle that is our life.
His presence and memory whether recent or ago,
Helped complete us….
An infinitely critical connection that helped to make us whole.
Love, your son, Chris
Below is a link to tribute videos made by Chris honoring the life of his father: