Ira Wright Jr. March 4, 1924 January 5, 2014 Ira Wright Jr., 89, of Bellefonte and Honolulu, Hawaii died Sunday, Jan- uary 5, 2014, at the Hawaii Kai Retirement Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. Born March 4, 1924 in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Ira W. Wright and Anna Korman Wright. On February 14, 1947 in Bellefonte, he married Caroline R. Baldwin Wright, who died on September 22, 2001. He was a 1942 Graduate of Bellefonte High School. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Bellefonte where he served on all three boards of the Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served as a Sergeant in the Army Air Corps North African Division, Air Transport Command. He earned the Presidential Unit Citation, the Good Conduct Medal, American Theater Medal & Ribbon, the European Service Medal with one Bronze Star and the Victory Medal. He was a lifetime member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks Lodge 1094, Bellefonte. He was a life member the Bellefonte American Legion Post 33 where he served as Past Commander. He was a lifetime member of the Undine Fire Company of Bellefonte, Member of Central District Volunteer Fire Company, and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1600 in Bellefonte. He was a Life member of the Free and Accepted Masons Lodge 268, Bellefonte, a member of the Jaffa Shrine of Altoona, having served in the Legion of Honor, and Life Member of the Altoona Consistory. He was a member of the Centre County Shrine Club. He participated in all ceremonies of patriotism held by these organizations both in Pennsylvania and in Honolulu, Hawaii. In later years, he joined the Coast Guard Auxiliary in Honolulu and participated in their activities and rescues. He enjoyed hiking, walking and participated in over 20 Annual 5 k Great Aloha Fun Runs in Honolulu. He worked at the State Correctional Institution at Rockview for 31 years retiring in 1981, as a Maintenance Supervisor. He also worked as an independent contractor/ carpenter for many families and businesses in the Bellefonte area over the years. He is survived by a daughter, Linda Wright Wong, of Honolulu, Hawaii; a son, Ira Wright III, of Bellefonte; six grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren, of Bellefonte and Honolulu. He is last of his generation. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014, at the Honolulu Elks Lodge 616 with a scattering of ashes ceremony to follow. Also, a military burial will take place in Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville. The family would like to express its gratitude and deep appreciation to the Hawaii Kai Retirement Facility in Honolulu, to the caregivers under the direction of Chato Lajola and the nurses and staff of St. Francis Hospice Home Care. Donations in his memory may be made to: St. Francis Hospice, St. Francis Healthcare Foundation of Hawaii, 2228 Liliha Street, Suite 205, Honolulu, Hawaii.
Published in Centre Daily Times on Jan. 17, 2014