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Wood, a guitarist, promoter of arts, businessman, dies

Wood, a guitarist, promoter of arts, businessman, dies
Wood, a guitarist, promoter of arts, businessman, dies
Gary Wood performed outdoors at the May 24 inaugural Southern Indiana Uncorked festival at the Harrison County Fairgrounds in Corydon. (Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor)

Gary L. Wood, a Corydon businessman and accomplished guitarist, died Sunday, Aug. 31, 2008, at Methodist Hospital in Merrillville. He was 61.
Wood, who was born in Germany and reared in California, had opened his own business, G Wood Picture Framing, in Corydon in 2002.
‘I’m so shocked,’ said Sarah Turpin, vice president of membership and public relations for the Chamber of Commerce of Harrison County.
Until several weeks ago, Wood’s business was located off Beaver Street, near the Chamber’s office. This summer, he relocated to West Walnut Street, next to Corydon Instant Print. He said after the move that he was pleased with the new location and the exposure it gave his work, especially at night.
‘We got to know him very well,’ Turpin said of Wood.
He was also a member of the Chamber for several years and had played music at some of the Chamber’s events.
‘It’s just a very sad situation,’ Turpin said.
Earlier this year, Wood also played his guitar at Corydon’s 200th Birthday Ball celebration and at the Southern Indiana Uncorked wine festival on May 24. On July 3, he posted a video on YouTube of himself playing ‘Anniversary of Fortune,’ an original acoustic guitar piece. Family members say he played with the Doobie Brothers in California before the group became famous.
Wood also was involved with the Harrison County Arts! council and was serving as its vice president.
‘He was a good asset for promoting it,’ said David Kocka of Laconia, another council member who shared the same birthday with Wood.
‘He was two years older but he always teased me that I was older,’ Kocka said.
‘I’m going to miss the boy,’ he added. ‘He was a fine, fine gift to the community.’
Wood moved to Corydon in 1997 when he was the regional manager for Hudson Foods, before it was purchased by Tyson Foods.
Born June 6, 1947, in Mannheim, Germany, Wood also was an avid fisherman and golfer, and a member of Pisgah Masonic Lodge 32 and Old Capital Golf Club, both in Corydon.
Survivors include his wife, the former Patricia Basilio; two sons, Eric Wood of Denver, Colo., and Brandon Wood of Corydon; two daughters, Kristie Casagrande of Tucson, Ariz., and Heather Normand of Carriere, Miss.; and seven grandchildren.
There will be a gathering Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gehlbach & Royse Funeral Home in Corydon for friends and family. Cremation was chosen.
A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family suggests memorial gifts to the YMCA of Harrison County.

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