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IN OTHER NEWS: Former community leader dies; food drive a success
Former Federal Way community leader Robert T. Wood died Nov. 4, 2008, in Ontario, Calif., at age 83. A resident of Palm Desert, Calif., Wood died after a brief illness.
Bob and his family moved to Federal Way in 1967. He was president of the insurance agency Fleming, Gibson and Wood for eight years, purchased the business and retired in 1982. He is a former president of the Federal Way Lions Club, former president of Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, former officer of the Federal Way Library Board, former president of the Federal Way Festival and former vice president of the Historical Society of Federal Way. He also played a big role in the city’s incorporation.
Widowed twice (Clara died in 1982 and Lisa died in 1989), he is survived by children Robert Earl (Veronica) of Seattle, Patricia Sherman (John) of Auburn, James R. of Auburn. Grandchildren: Richard, Liana, Kate, Paul and Taylor. He is also survived by his life companion of 12 years, Karen Hansen, and her children James, Jody, Gerald and Jennifer, her grandchildren Jamie (Ian), Kortney and Mick, and great-granddaughter Charlotte Mae.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23, at the Auburn Senior Center, Les Gove City Park, 808 9th St. SE, Auburn.
This year’s food drive by Federal Way resident John Wilde, held Nov. 9, raised 4,100 pounds and $171.77 for the Multi-Service Center’s food bank. He is still waiting on more food collections. “I’m going to do it again next year,” he said, noting how close he came to matching last year’s total. “It was a little bit more challenging. To only be 100 pounds short from last year, I think it’s really good.” Call (206) 683-5619.
FW history book
The Historical Society of Federal Way and the Federal Way Arts Commission will celebrate the release of the book on the history of Federal Way from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 22 at the Federal Way Community Center. Books are $23. Call (253) 945-7842.