He was born in Vincennes, IN on July 14, 1919 to Harvey Travis and Clara (Freshley) Wood.
James was a graduate of Northern Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, IL and practiced optometry for 29 years in Tell City. A decorated veteran of WWII, he earned nine battle stars while serving in the Army Air Corps.
James is preceded in death by his first wife, Maureen Lunn. They were married in January 1947. Also preceding him in death are his parents and siblings, Irene Wallis, Mary Carnahan, Helen White, Maurice, Michael, Bill, Bob, Sam and Mason Wood.
James was married to his second wife, Emma Lou (Wagner) on December 30, 1982, who survives.
He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, V.F.W. Post 2939, American Legion Post 213, Masonic Lodge 623 and Hadi Shriners, lifelong member of Loyal Order of the Moose and Hoosier Heights Country Club.
Surviving is his wife of 30 years, Emma Lou Wood of Tell City; children, Tony (Maribeth) Wood of Indianapolis and Teri (Jon) Hartz of Tell City; step-daughter, Laura (Steve) Cutter of Tell City; a brother, Rev. Ed Wood of Green Castle, IN; grandchildren, Jordan and Jessica Wood, Sarah (Geoff) Mauck and Philip (Lauren) Hartz and step grandchild, Zac (Lana) Hartz; great-grandchildren, Mitchell, Mason and Madison Mauck and step great-grandchild, Collins Hartz.
Visitation will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 from 3-7 P.M. at Zoercher-Gillick Funeral Home. Funeral services will be private on Friday. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery with military rites provided by the American Legion Post 213.
Memorial contributions may be made Perry County Memorial Hospital or Perry County Animal Shelter.