Trenton Wright, 84, Colonel, U.S. Army Retired, of Upper Saddle River, died on April 27.
Son of the late Lester and Della Estelle Wright, he was born in Tupelo, Miss. on Aug. 17, 1928. He spent most of his life in Fair Lawn and Upper Saddle River. He joined the U.S. Army after high school and entered Officer Candidate School and became the youngest second lieutenant in the army at the time. He served two tours of duty in the Korea conflict and also served in Okinawa, Japan and spent considerable time thereafter in the Army Reserve retiring at the rank of full colonel. He is a member of the United States Army Officer Candidate School Hall of Fame. He received the Meritorious Service Medal on April 19, 1977. He completed his accounting degree at New York University and then entered a 40-year career in public service with the Internal Revenue Service and retired after serving in the major corporate audit division. He was a clock and watch collector and repairer. He is a former member of the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corp.
He is survived by his new wife, Edna (Holt) Wright of Marked Tree, Ark.; his children, Trenton Wright Jr. of Connecticut and Christine Wright of Ramsey; his grandchildren, Trenton Wright III and Amanda; and his sister, Dorothy Shannon. He was predeceased by his wife of 59 years, Dorothy.
Visitation will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 2 at the Van Emburgh-Sneider-Pernice Funeral Home, 109 Darlington Ave. in Ramsey. A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 3 at George Washington Memorial Park in Paramus.
Memorial donations may be made to the Upper Saddle River Volunteer Ambulance Corps., 378 West Saddle River Road, Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458.
Published in Town Journal on Apr. 30, 2013