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Manford Eugene "Gene" Wright

85, of Greenwood passed away April 12, 2013 at Greenwood Health and Living. He was born on May 29, 1927 a son of Harold and Polly Wright. They preceded him in death. Also preceding him in death are his first wife Gertrude "Trudy" Wright and a sister Yvonne Craig.

Gene proudly served our country in the United States Army. He worked in sales and later as Vice President at Schilling Chilling + Heating.

Gene had a special place in his heart for his family. He so loved to entertain children with his endless stories and special magic tricks! He was especially talented in writing and reciting poetry. He had a published book of his works and usually could recall each of his poems written.

He was very proud of his gardening skills, always having beautiful flowers and trees. Along with that came his fondness for bird watching and making sure his feathered friends always had food and a safe environment to live in. Gene also was very talented at woodworking, especially carving. He could take a piece of wood and carve it, then finish it off to be a great piece of artwork.

Gene was a 50 year Brother of the Charles F. Frank Masonic Lodge, Zionsville, IN. He also was a proud and committed member of Pike Township Lions Club for over 50 years. He served to help his community and the less fortunate to his utmost ability. Throughout his years of service with the Lions Club he earned numerous awards and recognitions.

Survivors include his wife, Sharon Wiegand-Wright; three children, Dr. Gary Wright of Indianapolis, Gregg (Chris) Wright of Brownsburg and Kathy (Dr. Alan) Sandler of Lake Oswego, Oregon; step-son, Rick (Barb) Wiegand of Indianapolis; step-daughters, Kim Kite of Indianapolis, Robin (Dennis) Klutzke of Greenwood and a sister, Sue (Lou) Barton of Fort White, Florida. Also surviving are 7 grandchildren and 8 step-grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild and 9 step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Pastor Monty Barker will conduct a celebration of life at Bethel United Methodist Church (of which Gene was a lifelong member), Saturday April 27, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. The address is 5252 West 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46254. Wilson St. Pierre Funeral Service & Crematory, Greenwood Chapel , has been entrusted with arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to Pike Township Lions Club, Inc., Attn: Richard Getts, Treasurer, 18017 Tallow Wood Lane, Indianapolis, IN, 46236 or to Bethel United Methodist Church, 5252 W. 52nd Street, Indianapolis, IN, 46254.

You are invited to read the obituary online at where you may sign the guestbook or share a memory.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Apr. 19, 2013
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