Raymond Earl Wright
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Raymond E. Wright, 89, passed away Friday, January 31, 2014 at The Good Samaritan Center in Indianola, Iowa. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, February 7, 2014 at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 1410 West Boston, Indianola, 50125. Family will greet guest on hour prior to service.
Raymond was born in Colo, Iowa on April 17, 1924 to Cecil and Leigha (Keys) Wright. He graduated from East High School in Des Moines. He enlisted in the United States Naval Reserve October 27, 1941 and served until November 1941. He then enlisted in the Army January 30, 1943 and served until December 4, 1945. He married Ida Joyner in 1944 and adopted her two children, Maxwell "Maxie" and Linda Wright. He would later marry Agnes Callahan and adopted their children Sandra, Wanda and Ray Wright Jr. Agnes passed away in August of 1972. On February 15, 1975, he married Evelyn (Boyer) Ketchem. Ray worked for Standard Oil Co. managing a service station on the east side of Des Moines prior to enlisting in the military. After his discharge, he lived in Atlanta GA. working for a lead set type printing company. In the 1960's he moved to Eagle Rock, CA. working for a company printing entertainment material. His children remember him working on music sheets, programs and posters for the Lawrence Welk Show. In 1974, Ray moved back to Des Moines, IA. where he worked as a printer for the Des Moines Register and Wallace Homestead and Bankers Life publications. Ray loved his dogs and enjoyed writing letters to the editor. He was a fan of the Cubs and Braves. For many years, Ray would meet his buddies at Fazoli's each month for lunch.
Raymond is survived by his wife, Evelyn of Indianola; children, Maxie (Becky) Wright of Covington, GA., Wanda Wright of Dacula, GA., Ray Wright Jr. of Atlanta, GA.; step-children, Meredith (Eugene) Alexander of Carrollton, MO., Karen Ketchem of Indianola, IA. and Anita (Dennis) Briggs of Chariton, IA. and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his second wife; daughters, Linda Holbrook and Sandra Waldard; a granddaughter; step-sons, Stanley Ketchem and Martin Ketchem; brother, Robert and Philip Wright and his sister, Phyllis Spoonholtz.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Good Samaritan Center or Animal Life Line of Iowa in loving memory of Raymond.
Published in Des Moines Register on Feb. 6, 2014