Richard Lee Wright, age 86, a resident of Golconda, IL passed away January 3, 2018 at Southgate Health Care in Metropolis, IL.
Richard was born January 19, 1931 in Simpson, IL. He was the son of William “Will” and Delphia (Morgan) Wright.
Richard was united in marriage to Phyllis Gerhardt on February 16, 1952. She preceded him in death on October 24, 2011.
Richard was of the Christian faith. He served in the U.S. ARMY from November 27, 1951 until November 10, 1953 during the Korean War.
Richard was employed as a heavy equipment operator. He was a member of Operating Engineers Local 318 for 61 years. Richard also was a self-employed backhoe operator and farmer. In earlier years, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, riding ATVs especially with his wife and brothers and singing and playing his guitar with his friends. In later years, he played golf, enjoyed playing pinochle with friends at the Golden Circle and watching the hummingbirds.
Richard is survived by several nieces and nephews; sister in laws; one brother in law and many friends. He was especially loved by and loved his “#1” niece and great nephew, his “Buddy”.
In addition to his parents and wife, Richard was preceded in death by four brothers: Glen, Marian, James Ward and Rudolph.
Funeral service will be 1:00 pm on Saturday, January 6, 2018 at the Glendale Methodist Church in Glendale, IL. Brother David Nelson will officiate. Interment will be in the Glendale Cemetery in Pope County, IL. Visitation will be from 11:00 am until time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Pope County Senior Citizens, PO Box 246, Golconda, IL 62938.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Aly Funeral Home in Eddyville, IL.