Age 87, passed away May 31, 2014. He was born May 31, 1927, in Mt. Pleasant, to Lester and Perthena Wright. Richard graduated from Roosevelt High School in Ypsilanti, and attended Eastern Michigan University before graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan Technological University. He retired in 1990 from the State of Michigan where he worked as a mechanical engineer. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the U.S. Navy, and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he was very involved, including serving as a moderator and serving on the board of trustees. His other community involvement included: Commander’s Club of Michigan, Life member of ASHRAE, past chairman of the board at Woldumar Nature Center, past president of GLAHA and Hospice of Lansing volunteer.
Surviving are: his wife, Donna; 6 children, Richard (Bernice) Wright, Jr, Tedford (Sue) Wright, Terry (Ann) Lynan, Tim (Jeannie) Lynan, Carolyn Matson, and Janet (Bob) Lee; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Beland. He was preceded in death by his parents, 2 wives, Dorothy and Jo Ann; and sister, Elaine Reed.
The funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church, 810 Edgemont Blvd., Lansing, with The Rev. Dr. James Robinson officiating. The family will receive friends at the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, or Hospice of Lansing, Inc. in memory of Richard Wright.