Raymond Joseph Hood

September 28, 1961 - August 27, 2012

09/28/1961 - 08/27/2012

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.

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Martin McMichael
7 years ago

Dear Ann Marie and Family,

I send my deepest sympathies for you and your family. I just heard about Ray’s passing yesterday on Facebook. What good memories I have of Ray when we were stationed on Guam. Such a pleasure to work with. Always, smiling and happy and looking forward to something usually a tall cold one :- on the weekends. I was honored when he requested me to provide his anesthesia for the surgery he had in Guam. Ray actually made history with that case – the first and maybe the only of it’s kind at NH Guam.

I still can’t believe he is gone. I’m so sorry for your loss.

I may take some time but I will look for pictures of our time on Guam and forward to you. Please send your email address to me: mwmcmichael@yahoo.com

My prayers are with you and your family.

susan jarvis
7 years ago

Dear Anne Marie and Family,

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of sorrow.

Kathy Pietri
7 years ago

Dear Anne Marie and Family:

I was so surprised to hear such sad news. Ray was a wonderful man who will so missed.

Kathy Pietri

The Schmiedlin Family
7 years ago

Our hearts go out to you during this difficult time of tremendous loss. Ray is not gone…he’s just gone ahead…living among the saints in heaven until you meet again. The Hood and Huss families will continually be in our thoughts and prayers.

Beth and JJ Schmiedlin

Jack, Patrick and Connor

Allen E. Pohren
7 years ago

To Jean Hood and her family my heart goes out to all of you. Ray was such a good example of what we want our sons to grow up to be.

My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

Allen E. Pohren

Robyn Ward
7 years ago

To the Family of Ray Hood,

My condolences and thoughts – Ray was such a wonderful human being, mentor to so many and a compassionate and caring person. I have fond memories of Ray from our Navy days.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Ray.

With deep sympathy,

Robyn Ward