John Daniel “Dan” Wood of Flemington, NJ, died Sunday November 13, 2016. He was the beloved husband of Sheryl L. (nee Jemison) and devoted father to Stephanie, Michelle, and John and father-in-law to Christopher Polley. He was an adoring Papa to Katharine Polley. Dan was the dear son of Martin Daniel Wood Jr. (deceased) and Elizabeth Ann Axmear (nee Baylor) and step son to David Axmear. He is also survived by an abundance of loving family members: his siblings Douglas Wood, David Allen Wood and wife Pam, Daryl Wood and wife Susan, and Darci Axmear and partner Maria Cashman, and his Aunt Joanne Bair and husband Larry Bair, as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and in-laws. Dan was predeceased by his brother, Daryn Axmear.
Dan was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa on September 5, 1957. His career as an Intellectual Property Attorney took him many places in his life, but Iowa was always home in his heart. Dan grew up in the Sigourney-What Cheer area and was a proud Hawkeye through and through, graduating from the University of Iowa School of Law in 1982. Dan loved watching Big Ten Football, reading historical novels, rescuing Labrador retrievers, and engaging in lively debate with his family and friends. Dan always appreciated the opportunities he had to combine his love of chemistry and learning with his great regard for the law.
A private memorial will be held in Iowa in the spring. In lieu of flowers, friends are invited to make a contribution to an organization that was dear to Dan’s heart: The Lost Bridge Great Banquet, 655 S. Airport Road, Decatur, IL 62521. Or consider making a donation to Philabundance, 3616 S. Galloway Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Holcombe-Fisher Funeral Home, 147 Main Street, Flemington, NJ.