Trenton, 84, Colonel, U.S. Army Retired, of Upper Saddle River, NJ passed away peacefully after a brief illness in Trumann, Arkansas on Saturday, April 27, 2013. He is survived by his new wife, Edna (Holt) Wright of Marked Tree, Arkansas. He was the son of the late Lester and Della Estelle Wright. Born in Tupelo, MS, on August 17, 1928, he spent most of his life in Fair Lawn and Upper Saddle River, NJ. He joined the U.S. Army after high school and entered Officer Candidate School and became the youngest second lieutenant in the army at the time. He served two tours of duty in the Korea conflict and also served in Okinawa, Japan and spent considerable time thereafter in the Army Reserve retiring at the rank of full colonel. He is a member of the United States Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. He received the Meritorious Service Medal on April 19, 1977. He completed his accounting degree at New York University and then entered a 40 career in public service with the Internal Revenue Service and retired after serving in the major corporate audit division. He was an avid clock and watch collector and repairer. He is a former member of the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corp. He was predeceased by his beloved wife Dorothy of 59 years. Trenton is survived by his son Trenton Wright Jr. of Connecticut and daughter Christine Wright of Ramsey, NJ. He is also survived by his cherished grandchildren Trenton Wright III and Amanda and his sister, Dorothy Shannon. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 3:30-5:30 and 7-9 PM at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave, Ramsey, NJ 07446. A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, May 3, 2013 at 10:30 AM at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus, NJ. Donations may be made to the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps. 378 West Saddle River Rd., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458. Please send tributes, memories and condolences to www.vanemburghsneider.com.
Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home
109 Darlington Ave
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Published in The Record on May 1, 2013