|Sgt. Ryan M. Wood
United States Army
KIA 21 June 2007
Sgt. Ryan Mitchell Wood, 22, of Oklahoma City, was killed while serving his country in Baghdad, Iraq
on Thursday June 21, 2007. Ryan was born on July 11, 1984 to Renee and Bonner Wood. He
attended High School at Putnam City North and graduated on June 9, 2002. Ryan enlisted into the
Army in July of 2002 after September 11th, and was stationed in Schweinfurt, Germany with the 1st
Infantry Division. He served 2 tours in Iraq, his first tour in the Sunni Triangle region in 2004/2005.
His second tour was to end on October 12, 2007 and he was to be back home on December 1, 2007
after five years of continuous service to his country that he loved so much. Ryan loved alternative
rock, playing the guitar and spending time with friends and family. He was respected and revered
by everyone he met. A born leader, a warrior, a patriot, a soldier, he was all this and so much more.
He truly cared for the men that he served with, as they were all his brothers. Ryan had a wonderful
sense of humor and a zest for life. He was devoted to his family, friends, and the men that he
served with. He was a loving Son, Grandson, Brother, Uncle, Cousin and Nephew. Ryan was an
accomplished and talented artist. Having just been accepted to the University of Central Oklahoma,
he planned to major in Art and Political Science. Ryan was preceded in death by his two
grandfathers, Donald Voeller and Thomas Wood, both Military Men, and he is standing with them
now. It is said that the measure of a man is based upon those whose lives that man has touched.
Ryan touched everyone's life that knew him. He was a kind and gentle soul with a big heart. His
greatness cannot be measured. Ryan leaves behind countless friends and his loving family that will
miss him for all days. Survivors include parents: Scott and Renee Vincent, Bonner and Brenda
Wood; siblings: Candice and husband Jay Bunce, Jenifer and husband Michael Campbell, Scott Jr.,
Stephanie and Breanna; grandparents: Andrewette Wood, Anna and Garry Dickerson, Royce and
Connie Moss, and Charla Wood; aunts and uncles: Derek and Loreli Litchfield, Marie Miller, Robbie
Miller, Toni and Troy Hoskins, Deborah and John Wiggins, Joyce and Jerry Wiglesworth, Vicki
Cramer, Kent and Diane Moss, Barbara and Chuck Brawner, Kimberly Grafa, Jackie Longacre, Lee
Ann Wood, Kerri Van Ess, Andrew and Tammy Wood, Denny and Kathy Voeller, and Doreen Irwin. He
is also survived by numerous cousins as well as his best friends, Richard and Anka Nolf and their
son, Ryan Mitchell, his namesake. He also leaves behind his true love, Rehan. In lieu of sending
flowers, the family requests that you send a gift in his memory to the University of Central
Oklahoma's Foundation for an endowed art scholarship fund that has been established in his name
to commemorate his legacy. Please send your gift in his memory to the UCO Foundation, 100 N.
University Drive, Box 84, Edmond, Oklahoma 73034 or contact Melody Hansen, Annual Giving &
Scholarship Coordinator at (405) 974-3783 for more information.
Published in The Oklahoman from 6/29/2007 - 7/1/2007.
Memorial Page Established by- Renee Wood-Vincent
In Honor Of Sgt Ryan Mitchell Wood
Our beloved son Sgt Ryan Mitchell Wood was KIA June 21,
2007, while serving on his 2nd tour in Baghdad Iraq. He was killed
along with four of his "brothers" when an IED exploded under thier Bradley
vehicle. Big Red One, 1-26 Infantry, Charlie company, based in
Schwienfurt Germany. He was our joy and our hero.
Memorial Day 2011
I just watched Oklahoma's Fallen on PBS and wanted to send my respect and gratitude to Rene
Vincent-Wood, mother of Ryan Wood. Her story about her son Ryan touched me deeply and I wanted to
say thank you to her and her family for Ryan's service to our country! God Bless You All!!
Dwaine Price & Family
November 02, 2009
There are no words to express the impact that Ryan had on my life as well as everyone who knew him.
He was the only friend I have ever had that I truly looked up to. There is not a day that goes by that he
is not in my thoughts. My biggest regret in this life will be that my son, Ryan Mitchell Nolf, will never
truly know or appreciate the man he was named after. I miss and love you bro.
July 23, 2007
In Honor Of SGT Ryan Mitchell Wood
I was stationed with Mitch in Schwienfurt Germany from
2003-2005 and served with him during his tour of OIF II. He was the
first friend that I made and one of the best men that I have ever met on
my 29 years on this earth. We were supposed to go fishing as soon as
he got out. I loved him as brother and I will truly miss him. I cannot
wait to go to heaven and see him so we can finally have our fishing
trip together. He will always be in my heart
June 25, 2008
In Honor Of Sgt. Ryan Mitchell Wood
Ryan Mitchell Wood or Woody as some of his friends
called him was a dear friend of mine. He was my husband's best friend, but
they were more like brothers. There is a defiant void in my life and
heart since his death. I know he watches over us all and I can't wait
to get to hug his neck and hear him laugh again. It is amazing to hear
how many people Ryan touched and is continuing to impact through his
memory. I truly believe that Ryan lived his life to its fullest while
he was here and I think we should all strive to do the same.