LEAF RIVER – Gregory J. Wood, age 19, passed away on Nov. 10, 2017 in his home in Leaf River. Gregory was born on Sept. 16, 1998 in Rockford, the son of Marcus and Nicole (Wiles) Wood.
Gregory graduated from Forreston High School class of 2017. Gregory started at an early age as a Leaf River Fire Cadet until he completed his Cadet training earning his full radio number. In 2014, he became an emergency medical responder, which he was the first and youngest in Illinois through Swedish American EMS. Gregory loved firefighting so much he joined the German Valley Station. He completed his EMT B Certification through Highland Community College in the spring of 2017. Gregory in his free time enjoyed riding four wheelers, shooting guns, and spending time with his family. Gregory worked for Joe-Eng Dairy Farm in German Valley.
Gregory is survived by his Parents: Marcus (Nicole) Wood, Leaf River; Brother: Travis Wood, Leaf River; Grandparents: Jim (Melinda) Wiles, Leaf River; Mike (Bev) Campbell, Shannon; and Greg (Julie) Wood, Clarksville, Tenn.; Great Grandparents: Jack (Nonie) Wiles, Leaf River; Ray (Linda) Swanson, Byron, Betty Wood, Oregon; Aunts and Uncles: Jessica (Jason) Stoll, Alex Wiles, James (Patty) Wood; Several Great Aunts, Great Uncles, and Cousins: Sadie, Nolan, and Tyler; step Aunts and Uncles; and many other family members.
Gregory is preceded in death by Great Grandparents.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at 1 p.m. in the Leaf River, River Valley Complex, with Rev. Randy Snyder officiating. Visitation was held on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 from 10:30 a.m. until service time in the River Valley Complex, Leaf River.
Family’s request in lieu of flowers memorial to Leaf River Fire Department.