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.

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    David Benjamin Says:

    Dick was an encouraging positive man. He had a great sense of humor and was family not only through my wife’s father, but personally like a favorite Uncle. The times he told about his service during WW2 and his career with the State. He always kept me up on what was happening with his children. I will surely miss him.

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    Andrew Motowski Says:

    It was an honor to have known a man like Richard. You were so friendly and welcomed me like family as I was your window cleaner at your home over the years. I thought of you and Donna very much over the past year and I am comforted that you are with Christ in true heavenly places. You fought the fight, you finished the race, and now your crown from Christ awaits. Donna, I am so sorry for your loss. You and Richard were such a blessing to me. I know you will see Richard again…soon. God comfort you, and thank you so much for your friendship.

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    Hal Old Says:

    Dick will be greatly missed by all who knew him in his many different roles in the Lansing area. He was one of the first Commanders I met many years ago and I always could turn to Dick to answer any question I might have on the years of the Commanders Club before I became a member. I always enjoyed his stories about when he served in WWII in the Navy as a young enlisted man in the Pacific. We have lost another one of the greatest generation with Dick’s passing. So shipmate, I wish you fair winds and following seas for one last time.

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    Steve Boehm Says:

    I feel very lucky to have know Dick. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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    Robert R Davis Says:

    Dick Wright, a kind and gentle man of great wisdom. Someone whom I had many conversations about family, people, places, events and the Michigan Commanders Club – his friendship will be so missed.

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