Norman Wright, Jr., 83 - January 09, 2008
Norman Warren Wright, Jr., 83, died Friday, Dec. 28, 2007, at Heritage Crossings in Geneva.
Services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, at the Congregational Church in Geneva.
Wright was born the fourth of seven children to Norman Wright and Ruth West Wright on July 24, 1924, at the family farm west of Ohiowa.
He was baptized as a baby at the Ohiowa Methodist Church where he attended church and Sunday School until 1941.
Wright attended Goldenrod country school and graduated from Ohiowa High School in 1941. He then moved to Lincoln and worked for two years before receiving his Army papers on May 3. He went to Fort Sill and then on to Tocca, GA, for 13 weeks of basic training after volunteering to be a paratrooper.
He saw active duty for four months in Europe and was discharged on Nov. 19, 1945. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, five Bronze Campaign Stars, a Bronze Service Arrowhead and a Purple Heart for his service in World War II.
Shortly after receiving an honorable discharge from the service, he was united in marriage to Beth Bowman of Bruning in 1946. To this union five children were born.
Wright farmed for eight years and took a job with Cargill, Inc., of Minneapolis, MN, at Lexington. He was a Cargill sales manager for 37 years.
On July 3, 1975, he married Beverly Heston Wythers of Geneva. Their blended family included his children and her five children. The couple were married 32 years at the time of his death.
He was proud of his position with Cargill as a territory manager. His successful career earned him five High Club awards in Lexington, and with his wife’s encouragement and help, he earned seven more in Geneva.
His final career in life was fishing, mostly at Glen Elder, KS, where he became a renowned fishing accountant. His pride and joy was being able to share his fish stories and his fish with everyone, according to family members.
Wright was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Lexington for 20 years. He also served as youth group sponsor and Sunday school teacher. He joined the First Congregational United Church of Christ at Geneva in 1975. He was also a lifelong member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
When living in Lexington, he was active with the Boy Scouts of America as a sponsor taking several scouting trips to Colorado. He was also a baseball coach for a number of years and took cheerleaders to many sporting activities during his daughters’ high school years.
During his lifetime, Wright had a passion for hunting and enjoyed turkey, pheasant and deer hunting with his sons, friends and co-workers, said family members.
Wright was preceded in death by: his parents, Norman and Ruth Wright; sisters and brothers-in-law—Faye Wright, Ruth and Keith Ozenbaugh and Milt Vavra; daughter, Lila Wright.
Survivors include: his sisters—Elnora (Ed) Schulz of Oxnard, CA, Virginia Vavra of Lincoln, Delight (Archie) Chapman of Geneva, and Gloria (Hal) Mullison of Flat Rock, NC; daughters—Sue (Matt) Williams of Gothenburg and Diana (Scott) Kline of West Jordan, UT; sons—George (Mindy) Wright of Lincoln and Mike Wright (friend, Kellie Draper) of Lexington; step-sons—Steven Wythers of Lincoln, Mark Wythers and Todd (Carol) Wythers, all of Geneva, and Dave (Jeanie) Wythers of Fairmont; step-daughter, Kellee (Roger) Edgar of Papillion; grandchildren—Robert Williams, Julie Rickertsen, Chad Robinson, Shelby Robinson, Lindsey Clinton, Matt Wright and Shelly Sund; step-grandchildren—Conly, Micah, Jana, Chad, Gabrielle, Daniel Wythers and Nicole Edgar; great-grandchildren—Ainsley, Maddox and Jax Richertsen, Alex Scharf, Addison and Harlee Sund, Max Wright and Caden Clinton.