EDWIN P. ROOD, 70, a retired Navy Department statistician, died July 4 at Mount Vernon Hospital of complications after a stroke he suffered last October.

Mr. Rood retired in 1974 after having worked for the Navy Department since the late 1950s.

He was born in Templeton, Pa., and graduated from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa. He was a glider pilot with the Army Air Forces during World War II and was wounded when his glider was fired upon during the Normandy invasion on June 6, 1944. He was awarded a Purple Heart and was a member of the World War II Glider Pilots Association.

Mr. Rood settled in the Washington area in 1949 after having worked for the Veterans Administration in Philadelphia. He worked for the Department of the Air Force before joining the Navy Department.

A resident of Fairfax, he was a member of Fairfax Presbyterian Church, where he had been a Boy Scout leader.

Survivors include his wife Winifred, of Fairfax; five sons, Edwin P. Jr., of Fairfax, Bruce, of Nokesville, Va., Jason, of Centreville, Va., Andrew, of Clifton, Va., and Martin, of Bloomer, Wis.; one daughter, Shirley Burrow of Arlington, Tex.; three brothers, Stanley, of Butler, Pa., Charles, of Kittanning, Pa., and Merle, of New Bethlehem, Pa.; one sister, Carrie Calhoun of New Bethlehem, and 12 grandchildren.