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John David Wright

July 2, 2020

John David Wright, age 89, of Hesston, Kansas passed away July 2, 2020 at Newton Medical Center surrounded by his family. John was born September 17, 1930 to Harvey Lee and Elsie Mary (Worthington) Wright in Newton, Kansas.

John graduated from Marion High School and went onto K-State where he attended for two years. He then entered the United States Air Force and served until his honorable discharge.

John married Irene Clara Lester April 10, 1953 in West Lanham Hills, Maryland. They were married 65 years until her passing in March of 2019. Over the years John worked for the Department of Defense for 35 years, where he started in the mail room and worked his way up to the position of Navy Program Manager.

John loved his family, they meant everything to him. The girls say they had the original Ozzie and Harriet upbringing and have many fond memories of time spent with their parents. There were many summer vacations as a family to Kitty Hawk, as he enjoyed delving into the history of the Wright brothers, as they were distant relatives. John had a love for deep sea fishing, and he had made many trips to Mexico to fish. After retirement his daily routine included coffee with his buddies, where they shared not only coffee but laughter and friendship.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Irene; sister, Alice; brothers, Bill, Harold, and Don.

John is survived by his daughters, Karen Wright of Hesston, KS, Julie Wright and wife Susan Ellis of South Carolina; sister, Virginia Pientka and husband Roy of Las Vegas, NV., and several nieces and nephews.

A Graveside Memorial Service will be held at 10:00 a.m., July 10, 2020 at the Walton Cemetery with Pastor Amos McCarthy officiating. Family suggests memorial to Walton Rural Life School and may sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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5 thoughts on “John David Wright

  1. I remember my Uncle John as someone I could always feel comfortable around. Even as an awkward teenager, I could count on John’s warm personality and his ability to make great conversation. His intelligence and kindness will be long remembered

  2. Goodbye old friend and mentor. Still thank about our adventures of duck hunting and fishing trips. You will be missed.

  3. Goodbye old friend and mentor. Still think about our adventures duck hunting and fishing trips. Goodbye old friend

  4. I got acquainted with John a few years ago as we had coffee at the Senior Center. I enjoyed getting to have conversations with him.He was a true friend.

  5. John Wright was a very faithful member of Walton United Methodist Church. He was a true man of God. His presence with us will be greatly missed. May his son rest in peace and light perpetual shine on him.

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