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Jesse D. "Jess" Wright, Jr.

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“This family has lots of memories of Uncle Jess. I remember the first time I saw him was probably 1945-46, I was about 4-5, as we did not get to MO....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Agnes McDole - lancaster, OH

“Dunno' what I'm doing wrong here but this is my third attempt to enter a memory. Maybe the third time will be a charm. Randy's entry brought warm...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Al Casey - Phoenix, AZ

“When I was a child... Breakfast at VIPs, dinner at the Little Gem Cafe... Our house smelled of butyrate dope and balsa wood...... Trips to Missouri....Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Randy Wright - Son

“Have not seen Jess in a few years (2004), but certainly enjoyed his friendship over the years and particularly his trips to the OEAF events in the...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bob Frey - Phoenix, AZ - Friend

“Uncle Jess - you were so special to me and my family. All of us looked up to you and admired everything you did in life. Back in the old days we...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Brenda France - Liberty, MO

“So many memories of Uncle Jess flying in to Missouri, watching the him and the other Uncles play poker at family gatherings, and how he always...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Connie L - Northwest, MO - niece

“Even though I did not know Jess that long he could still make you smile. It was a true honor to be able to take part of his care. Here at Vista...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Lucy Jauregui-Perez

“I couldn't have asked for a dearer Father-in-law than Jess - always sweet, always a smile and a story to share. Every visit down to see us for Easter...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Betty Wright

“On behalf of the French Family of Companies, we express our deepest condolences. ”
9 of 9 | Posted by: Harold Hamilton - Albuquerque, NM

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WRIGHT -- Jesse D. Wright Jr, (Jess), 85 of Albuquerque passed away April 24, 2011 at UNM Medical Center in Albuquerque after a short illness. Jess was born February 6, 1926 in Nettleton, Missouri and had been a resident of Albuquerque for over 60 years. Jess graduated from Hamilton High School in Hamilton, Missouri in 1944 and enlisted in the US Army Air Forces as an Aviation Cadet. At the end of World War II he was awaiting flight training and was discharged due to the end of hostilities. On his return to Missouri, Jess attended the Central Radio School in Kansas City and operated the Hamilton Radio shop until late 1948. During this time he attended Emery flying school and learned to fly. Jess was employed by Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, Shreveport, Louisiana and Oxnard, California from 1948 until his retirement in 1981. He was married to Lucia Faye Lewis in 1953 and divorced in 1960. He never remarried, but was a devoted single father. Jess was an avid Amateur Radio Operator, call sign W5QDW and member of numerous radio clubs and organizations. Aviation was a central part of Jess' life, and he earned Commercial and Instrument flight ratings while owning and operating several light aircraft. He also built and flew radio controlled model aircraft and was one of the founding members of the Albuquerque Radio Control Club and a member of the One Eighth Air Force (OEAF). Jess was a Life Colonel in the Commemorative Air Force, Lobo Wing. After retirement Jess took up motorcycling and was an active member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association and The RETREADS Motorcycle Club. Jess is survived by his son Randall L. Wright of Newport, Maine; his son's wife, Betty; his granddaughters, Catherine L. Wright of Bangor, Maine and Christine L. Wright of Newport, Maine; his sister, Ruby Nicholson of Liberty, Missouri; many nieces and nephews; and many good friends. He was predeceased by his parents, Jesse and Mamie Wright; his adopted son, Steven Charles Sullivan; his sisters Effie Mae, Mildred, Luana, Mary Jo, Helen, Ellen, and Margie; and his brother Johnny. Cremation has taken place and no local services are planned. Burial will take place at Highland Cemetery in Hamilton at a future date. Contributions may be made in Jess's memory to the AT-11 restoration fund, Lobo Wing (CAF) PO Box 20576, Albuquerque, NM 87154-0576. ttp://www.lobowing.org. Keep 'Em Flying, W5QDW, QRT.

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