William "Bill" Hood
William “Bill” Hood passed away suddenly from cardiac arrest on Sunday, April 2, 2023, in Scottsdale, Arizona at the age of 83 years. Bill was born on September 11, 1939, in Pawnee County, Nebraska as one of six children to Harold Craig Hood and Barbara Bernice (Nelson) Hood.
Bill was preceded in death by his parents Harold and Barbara Hood of Gothenburg, NE; spouse Mary Kersey-Hood; sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Curt Meyer of Gothenburg, NE; and brother-in-law Louis Mak of Gothenburg, NE.
Bill is survived by his four children and their spouses Jay (Dalene) Hood of Mesa, AZ; Scott Hood of Scottsdale, AZ; James (Karri) Hood of Staplehurst, NE; and Deb Hood of Redlands, CA; his siblings Helen Mak of Gothenburg, NE; Wayne (Joyce) Hood of Norfolk, NE; Craig “Pete” Hood of Bigs Springs, NE; Bob (Vicki) Hood of Guernsey, WY; his current partner Karen Kuffel; six grandchildren Cody (Courtney), Zachary (Meghan), Madison, Reese, Colton (Alexus), and Laila; one great grandson Beckham, plus numerous nieces, nephews, family, friends, business associates, and clients.
Bill grew up in Cozad, Nebraska, and graduated from Cozad High School in 1957. Bill was an Eagle Scout and attended the National Jamboree in 1957 as a staff member. He went to college at Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon. He graduated with a Business degree in 1961. Bill later obtained his CPA license. Bill was very active with the Jaycee’s early in his professional career, and later was involved with Kiwanis International.
Bill was married in 1961 to Marjorie (Smith) Perkins and had 4 children. Bill was a CPA by profession. After college Bill worked for Countryman and Associates in Grand Island, Hastings, and Lexington in Nebraska. Bill moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in the early 80’s and operated Scottsdale Accounting Services for almost 40 years. He enjoyed chatting with his clients, watching Arizona sports and Husker football, traveling, taking cruises, and the Arizona desert. Bill was able to build lasting relationships with his clients through his professional knowledge, sense of humor, and genuine caring for people. Bill refused to keep a computer or monitor on his desk so he could genuinely focus on his clients and he continued to use his adding machine up to the end of his life. He will be greatly missed by family, friends, and clients spanning across the country.
Services and Reception will be held at the North Scottsdale United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 6, at 10:30am with a reception following. The address is 11735 N Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, AZ (a mile north of Shea). The website is www.nsumc.com.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate to one of the following organizations:
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at www.jdrf.org
Circle L Ranch Animal Rescue and Sanctuary at www.circle.org
Nebraska Wesleyan at www.nebrwesleyan.edu/give