John Charles Wright,
John Charles Wright,
  • March 2, 1933 - October 31, 2016
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana

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John Charles "Jack' Wright, Sr., 83 of Fort Wayne, passed away Monday, October 31, 2016 at Lutheran Life Villages, Pine Valley. He was born March 2, 1933 in Fort Wayne to the late John R. and Alice (Ellingwood) Wright. He was a graduate of Elmhurst High School where he played basketball and golf. He worked as a caddie during the first Fort Wayne PGA Open in May 1950 at Orchard Ridge Country Club and then placed 1st in the first Fort Wayne Junior Boys City Golf Tournament in June 1950. He continued playing golf well into his 60s. He was a staff sergeant in the U. S. Air Force during the Korean War, serving in Denver, Guam, and Montgomery, Alabama. He retired from truck driving in 1998, after 42 years working for numerous companies. He began his career working for his father's company, Wright's Brick and Stone Sales, followed by Erie Haven, B. F. Goodrich, Ryder, and the finally, Dana Corporation. Later in his years, he enjoyed singing Karaoke and appreciated all of the new friends that he had made. He was also a member of the American Legion #296, VFW, and the Army & Navy Union Garrison. He lived life to the fullest and cherished the time that he spent with his family. He is survived by his children, Geri (Tim) Freiburger of Payne, OH, John C. Wright, Jr., Judi Wright, and Jayne Wright - Proper, all of Fort Wayne, and Joel G. (Maribeth) Wright of New Haven; grandchildren, James (Tara) Wilhelm of Shorewood, IL, Jason (Anthony) Cline of Atlanta, GA, Joshua (Justin Kunz) McBride of Austin, TX, Jenna (Mike) Sturges of Beaumont, TX, Jaclyn (Rudy) Tamez of Fort Wayne Trey Proper of Fort Wayne, and Joell Wright of New Haven; great grandchildren, Jillian Wilhelm of Fort Wayne, Ellie and Emerson Wilhelm, both of Shorewood IL, and Max and Annie Sturges, both of Beaumont, TX; and step grandchildren, Ben (Teresa) Freiburger of Fort Wayne, Eric (Cindy Lamb) Freiburger of Fort Wayne, and Miguel and Paolo Blanco, both of New Haven. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 47 years, Marylin (Miller) Wright in 2002; second wife of 10 years, Jeanine (Roth) Pettit Wright; sister, Shirley Wright; and brother, James Wright. Funeral Service will be Friday, November 4, 2016 at 11:00 AM at Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home For Funerals, 6810 Old Trail Road, Fort Wayne, IN 46809 with visitation 1 hour prior. Visitation will also be Thursday, November 3, 2016 from 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 PM at the funeral home. Burial will be in Prairie Grove Cemetery. Preferred memorials may be made to the Army & Navy Union Garrison or Visiting Nurse.