Ken Wood, Vice President of Home Instead Senior Care and long time Chamber member, passed away peacefully on Jan. 8, at the age of 43, in his home surrounded by his family. Ken had been battling Glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, for more than two years yet he was always optimistic and helpful to others during this time.
Kenneth was born in Loma Linda, Calif. on June 10, 1977 to Kenneth Doyle Wood and Lillian Diane Wood.
Kenneth met the love of his life at age 16. Jasmine was his high school sweetheart and have been married for 21 years. Kenneth is survived by his wife and his two children, Cameron A. Wood and Tyler M. Wood, his father, Kenneth D. Wood, his sister, Kanetha G. Breaux, and by nieces Jordan Breaux and Sydney Breaux. He is also survived by his grandparents, Joy and Cletus Wood of Arlington, Texas. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lillian Diane Wood.
Kenneth graduated from Louisiana State University at Alexandria with an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice. In Louisiana, he worked several years in law enforcement. After moving to Virginia, Kenneth began a career in marketing for a non-medical home care company. Kenneth loved being a part of the close knit group of senior housing and healthcare professionals, where he excelled in both marketing and operations for the company.
Kenneth was devoted to his wife, his boys, and the LSU Tigers. He spent countless hours serving at his home church, New Hope Church, operating cameras, leading adult and youth small groups, teaching Financial Peace University, and most recently serving on the church leadership team. He loved woodworking and made beautiful wooden pens.
Kenneth’s passion was coaching boys lacrosse, and after several years coaching for Springfield Youth Club lacrosse, he became the Junior Varsity Boys Lacrosse Head Coach at Lake Braddock Secondary School. He loved college football, cigars and a good scotch, Taco Bell, and helping others. He spent countless hours mentoring, leading, and listening to his athletes, friends, and colleagues.
The family would like to thank Capital Caring Hospice for their compassionate care, and the office staff at Home Instead Senior Care for their love and support.