Ronald Dean Hood

Ronald Dean Hood

April 18, 1942 – January 4, 2024

VISITATION: Friday, January 12th from 5pm to 7pm at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, 3405 S. 118th St., followed by VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm.  MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Saturday, January 13th at 9:30am at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church.  Interment: Resurrection Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or International Myeloma Foundation.

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Ronald D. Hood, known to his loved ones as Ron, passed away on January 4, 2024, at the age of 81 at his home in Omaha, Nebraska with Hospice care and surrounded by family. Ron was born on April 18, 1942, in Woodbine, Iowa, to George and Marjorie Hood. Ron is survived by his loving wife, Susan and their children: Lisa Hood (Ray Koza), Rachelle (Shelly) Hood, and James (Sara) Hood. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren: Isabella, Andrew, Jocelyn, and Anna. Ron is also survived by his sisters, Georgene (Steve) Raver and Jacqueline (William ‘Bud’) Bruner, as well as his special cousins, John (Dorothy) Evans and John (Shelley) Hood. Additionally, he leaves behind numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, and cousins.

Ron attended Woodbine Elementary School and later graduated from Woodbine High School. He furthered his education at Iowa State Teachers College (ISTC). Ron was a math and physics teacher, basketball and track coach in Garnavillo, Wall Lake, and Belle Plaine Iowa. He coached teams that had competitive and personal successes at the conference and state level. In the summers he coached a swim team in his hometown of Woodbine. Championships were celebrated often by this small-town team.

After ten years of teaching, Ron pursued a career in insurance sales concentrating on financial and retirement planning. He thoroughly enjoyed working with his clients and developing good relationships and many lasting friendships over 40 years of helping the clients achieve their goals.

 Ron had a passion for golf and enjoyed playing with friends both for fun and in competitions. Ron and Sue spent several winters in Arizona golfing and hosting friends who would come to visit them. He was an avid supporter of Husker football and enjoyed attending games. Ron also took pleasure in watching Husker and Blue Jay basketball games. One of his greatest joys was watching his grandchildren perform in show choir competitions, theater, and swimming competitions. Ron and his father shared a love for baseball and made it a tradition to attend the College World Series together, especially on Father’s Day.

Ron and Sue enjoyed spending time with friends playing cards, board games, going to dinner and a movie, dinner and dancing, traveling and golfing together. One of Ron’s greatest joys was spending summers at his backyard pool with his family. Over their 51-year marriage Ron and Sue traveled the US, Europe, Asia, the South Pacific, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Caribbean and golf resorts in Mexico. Ron liked going on cruises especially the one through the Panama Canal and the Eastern Mediterranean. Ron and Sue took all their immediate family on trips to Disney World, on a Disney Cruise, a trip to New York City with some Broadway Shows, and Lake Okoboji. Ron did all the detail planning which gave him much joy. All these travels were completed before Ron’s Multiple Myeloma diagnosis in 2016.

Visitation will be from 5pm to 7pm on Friday, January 12, 2024, at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church, followed by a Vigil Service and celebration of Ron’s life. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at Mary Our Queen Catholic Church on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 9:30 a.m. The committal service will be held at Resurrection Cemetery in Omaha.

Ron was preceded in death by his parents, George and Marjorie Hood, his parents-in-law, Wilbert and Rose Cloud, and an infant sister, Sandra Kay. Ron’s dedication to his family and his hobbies will be remembered by all who knew him. He will be deeply missed, and his memory will be cherished forever. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Ronald’s name to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) or International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Mailing Address: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Nebraska Attn: Ron Hood memorial gift 17330 W. Center Rd. Suite 110-341 Omaha, NE 68130 International Myeloma Foundation (IMF)




  • Jim lawler Posted January 7, 2024 7:50 am

    Pray for Ron. He had positive influence on many kids. Thank you Ron

  • Marsha Bornhorst Posted January 7, 2024 5:04 pm

    Mr Hood as he was a teacher of mine had the respect from his students and kept us interested. Thank you and RIP

  • Judy & Cheron Beran Posted January 7, 2024 5:26 pm

    Our sympathy goes out to Sue, Jim, Shelly and Lisa and all the Hood family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Ron was a very special person.

  • Mark D Kuchel Posted January 8, 2024 12:13 am

    A great teacher and an excellent coach – always a role model. He called me last year – good conversation – he had a good life

  • Robert & Nancy Polk Posted January 9, 2024 10:28 am

    Prayers for your family. Ron will be greatly missed. We enjoyed getting to know him and Sue through our myeloma support group.

  • Dencil L Hammack Posted January 9, 2024 1:44 pm


    • Jackie Bruner Posted January 12, 2024 3:53 pm

      Thank you, Dencil and Dorothy. We are happy for Ron and for the reunions he is having!❤

  • Joyce Millard Hoie Posted January 9, 2024 2:24 pm

    My deepest sympathies on the loss of a wonderful man. I’m thankful I got to know Ron as a coach and mentor from my swim team days. May his memory be a blessing and a comfort.

    • Jackie Bruner Posted January 12, 2024 3:52 pm

      Nice to see your name, Joy! Thank you for your sympathy. We all leaned on Ron for advice, humor and friendship. ❤

  • John & Shelley Hood Posted January 12, 2024 10:36 am

    Our heartfelt Prayers for the family. Ron will be missed by us and all. One of my favorite memories as a kid was getting to help run the swimmimg pool in Woodbine for a few days one summer when he came home from college. Thinking of you at this difficult time. God bless, John & Shelley

    • Jackie Bruner Posted January 12, 2024 3:55 pm

      Thank you, John and Shelley. We will all miss his humor and friendship!!❤❤

  • Clara Mae Schnakenberg Smith Posted January 18, 2024 12:20 pm

    Please accept my condolences and prayers to the Family and especially to my DZ sorority sister Sue Hood.

  • techylist Posted February 3, 2024 1:31 pm

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