Bernard P. Hood
ROCKFORD, IL — Bernard P. Hood, 84 of Loves Park, IL, went home to be with the Lord and his wife Carol on his birthday, Jan. 20, 2010.
Bernard was born in Clare, IA to Ireaneus and Hattie (Donnelly) Hood. He married Carol Ralph on July 11, 1953 in the Sacred Heart Church in Pocahontas. Bernard worked for Ingersoll Milling for over 40 years as a pipefitter and a hydraulic engineer.
He proudly served in the United States Navy and was awarded the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Ribbon with two stars for serving in Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He also served in the Marshall Islands.
Bernard volunteered for the West Suburban Fire Department for over 25 years and took pride in his job and volunteer work. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, fishing, camping, boating, gambling, tinkering on the computer and sending lots of e-mails to his family and friends.
He is survived by his children Chris (Roy) Wahlgren, Pat (special friend Peggy Bergmark) Hood, Kay Nelson, Jane (Steve) Shock and Jimmie Joe (Tammy) Hood; grandchildren, Jimmy (Laura) Salisbury, Jason Salisbury, Ross Wahlgren, Ashley Wahlgren, Jenny (fiancé Jason Hagen) Hudson, Bryan (Lindsey) Johnson, Alice (Tim) Boes, Adam (Esther) Shock, Sarah (Chad) Ahrens, Chad Desmond and Ryan Desmond; great-grandchildren Morgan and Cole Salisbury, Drew Salisbury, Jordan Flowers, Tyler Mitchell, Dominick, Ariana and Cade Johnson, Maggie and Jack Boes and Easton and Eli Ahrens; brother Bill (JoAnn) Hood, Yuma, AZ.
Also surviving are several nieces, nephews and special nephew, Marty (Carla) Bergstrom; sisters-in-law Mary Jane Lavender, Zoe Shimer, Linda (Bill) Courter, Leone (Mark) Hoffman, Nancy (Jim) Kacmarynski; and special friends Jerry Gill and Jim Johnson.
Predeceased by his parents; wife Carol; brother Don Hood; son-in-law Rick Nelson; and brothers-in-law Ben Lavender and Merlin Shimer.
The family would like to give special thanks to OSF St. Anthony Medical Center and the nurses on 2 South for the care they provided to Bernard. Extra special thanks to Jackie, whom he wanted to “take home”.
Funeral service was Saturday, Jan. 23, in Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, Mulford Chapel, Rockford, IL 61108. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 208 LaSalle St., Chicago, IL 60604 or the Make A Wish Foundation, 4742 N. 24th St., Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016-4862 or St. Jude Children’s research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
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