Beloved and loving husband, son, father and brother, Raymond Joseph Hood entered eternal life on August 27, 2012 surrounded by family, friends and colleagues.
Ray was born an identical twin September 28, 1961 in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Ray shared his life with and is survived by his wife of twenty-eight years, Anne Marie nee Fitzgibbons Hood, and children Katie nee Hood Huss, son-in-law Alan Huss, granddaughters Nicole and Mary Huss; son Ryan Hood, daughter Molly Hood and daughter Maddie Hood; parents Bob and Jeanean Hood, brother Bob Hood and sister-in-law Julie Donovan; sister Kim and brother-in-law Marc Simmerman and sister Kelly and brother-in-law Matt Peters.
A veteran of twenty years in the United States Navy Nurse Corp, Ray honorably completed his service to his country retiring as a Commander. Ray earned his BSN at Creighton University and his MS and CRNA at Georgetown University. He served at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina; the Naval Recruiting District, Omaha, Nebraska; Naval Hospital Orlando, Florida; the Navy Nurse Corp Anesthesia Program at the National Naval Center, Bethesda, Maryland; the Naval Hospital Guam; and the Naval School of Health Services, Portsmouth, Virginia.
Ray was a loving spouse and father. His professionalism and sense of duty to his country, inspired many. A man of great integrity and strength, he was also gentle, generous, and faithful.
The family offers profound gratitude to the nursing and medical staffs at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth especially Captain Mary Nadolny, MC, USN, Commander Richard Serianni, MC, USN, Captain Robert Mendez, MC, USN. Also profound thanks to Steven and Tammy DiChiari, Nancy and Mike Griffin and Les and Brenda Springer.
The wake will be at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5792 Greenwich Road, Virginia Beach Blvd. Virginia Beach, VA 23462, 757 422-4000, from 5-7 pm on Wednesday, August 29, and the Funeral Mass will be Thursday, August 30, at 11 a.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Employee Assistance Fund at the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth or Disabled American Veterans of Hampton Roads, VA.