AMHERST - John D. Wright, age 78, and a resident of Amherst, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014, at Amherst Manor Nursing Home following a lengthy illness.
He was born April 19, 1936, in Chester, West Virginia. John had made his home in Amherst since 1972.
He proudly served in the United States Air Force where he trained as an air traffic controller and also became an instructor. While in the Air Force he was stationed in the Philippines. He was employed as an air traffic controller at the Cleveland Center in Oberlin. John was then employed at Madison Development Company as a project manager. He coached recreational softball and baseball in South Amherst for over twenty years. John loved spending time with his family, especially Sunday dinners, and attending his grandchildren's ball games.
Survivors include his wife of fifty-eight years, Margaret Wright (nee: Harris); his sons and their wives, Eugene and Susan Wright of South Amherst, James and Angel Wright of Amherst; his grandchildren, Erin (Luis) Patten, Ashlee (James) Hammond, Jonathan Wright, Jessica Wright and Jacob Wright; his great-grandchildren, Madison Hammond and J.J. Hammond; his brother and his wife, Robert and Linda Wright of Elliott, Maine; his sister and her husband, Patricia and Thomas Kennedy of Lakeland, Florida; and his Dachshund, Lucy.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John Davis and Marie Elizabeth Wright (nee: Casto).
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, July 29, 2014, at the Hempel Funeral Home, 373 Cleveland Ave., Amherst.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Wednesday, at the funeral home. The Rev. James Cooper, pastor of Vermilion Habourtown Community Church, will officiate. Burial will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to
Research Center, P.O. Box 74924, Cleveland, Ohio 44194-4924.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue Amherst, OH 44001
Published in www.morningjournal.com on July 28, 2014