Richard Dale Wright Sr., 81, died in Klamath Falls, Ore., on Dec. 19, 2012.
A private family cremation and inurnment will be at Eternal Hills Funeral Home, which is in charge of the arrangements.
Dick was born on Feb. 21, 1931, in Walla Walla, Wash., to Fred and Elizabeth Wright. His father worked for the railroad so Dick grew up in several locations throughout Washington, his favorite being Tole and the Snake River.
After school, he worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad as a gandy dancer. He enlisted in the U.S. Army
in the infantry. Serving his country during the Korean Conflict
, he was honorably discharged in 1954. After his discharge, he moved to Klamath Falls, Ore., where he met and married his bride of 54 years, Earlene Martyr, in 1958.
Dick retired in 1995 from the Klamath County Road Department, where he worked for 37 years. He worked his way up from heavy equipment operator to construction foreman.
Dick loved the outdoors. He was an expert fly fisherman who loved his trips to Alaska for the reds. He also loved to hunt deer and elk. Yearly trips to Eastern Oregon with family and friends was something he always looked forward to.
He was active in the community, volunteering when possible. He spent 25 years as an active volunteer firefighter
, an additional eight years holding various state offices for the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Dick is survived by his wife Earlene; son Dale; grandson Seth; brothers and sisters-in-law Kenneth and Deanna Wright of Washington, Keith and Gloria Wright of Arkansas and Sharon and Tom Wehage of Portland, Ore.; sister-in-law and her husband Diane and Gary Shill of Salem, Ore.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his daughter DeAnna, grandson Brian, his parents and nephews Steve Shill, Lenny Wright and Jeff Smith.