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Lawrence E. Wright

Lawrence E. "Larry" Wright

Age 89, of Indianapolis, IN, passed away September 8, 2013. He was born Ocotober 14, 1923 to the late Earl and Ruth Wright in Fountain City, IN. After graduation from Fountain City High School in 1941, he enrolled in Purdue University, graduated in 1947 and taught Vocational Agriculture at Cowan, Indiana, while living in Oakville, Indiana. He met his wife, Lois Umstead from Garner, N. Carolina, while training at Ft. Bragg, NC. After teaching two years, he and his wife moved to Washington, Indiana, where he became a fieldman for Indian Farm Bureau, Inc. In 1953, after serving in the Korean War in 1951 and 1952 and part of 1953, they moved to Indianapolis and he traveled Indiana as a County Office Coordinator. He transferred to the Indiana Farm Bureau Companies in 1969 to become the Director of Membership Services and retired in January 1, 1989.

Larry enlisted in the Army in July 1942. He was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He trained with the 769th Field Artillery Battalion and went to the Pacific Theater as a replacement and was assigned to General McArthur's Safe Hand Air Courier Service. He returned in 1946 to Indiana in time to enroll at Purdue for his senior year. Larry stayed in the Inactive Reserves after WWII and was recalled to active duty for the Korean War in April, 1951. He joined the 424th Field Artillery Battalion, an Active Reserve Unit from Indianapolis, they had just finished training at Camp Polk, Louisiana, with 8-inch howitzers. When they arrived in Korea, his battery, "C" Battery, operated as a separate battery, about fifty miles away from the rest of the battalion. For his role in the "bunker busting" operations, Larry was awarded the Bronze Star.

He and his wife were married in the First Methodist Church in Ft. Worth, Texas. They were married for just over 63 years when she died on July 14, 2008. The Wrights joined Union Chapel Mehtodist Church in 1957. Both served in many capacities in the church. He is survived by three sons, M. David and Tara, with Cory, Joe and Ashley and Tom Brooks and their mother, Anne Lowe; Greg and Susie, with Lindsey and Michael Sullivan, Amanda and Alysha; and Tim and Vickie, with Michael and Matt McNulty. Son, Jon was deceased in 1980. There are six great grandsons, a great granddaughter and two great step granddaughters. He is also survived by three sisters, Jane Polley, in Colorado Springs, Colorado; Martha Renchler at Madison, Indiana; and Donna Fae Wise in El Cajon, California. One sister, Mazella Knight and a brother, Verl, are deceased.

Family and friends will gather at Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , on Friday, September 13, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The funeral service will be at Union Chapel United Methodist Church on Saturday, September 14, at 10:30 a.m. Burial will be at the Washington Park North Cemetery.

You are invited to visit the website at http://www.leppertmortuary.com where you may share a personal memory of Larry, sign the guestbook or make a memorial contribution to Union Chapel United Methodist Church, 2720 E. 86th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46220 or the .

Funeral Home

Leppert Mortuary Nora Chapel
740 E 86th Street Indianapolis, IN 46240
(317) 844-3966

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Sept. 12, 2013
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