EAST PEORIA - Odell Wright, 87, of East Peoria, formerly of Pekin, died at 4:47 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at his home.
He was born Oct. 25, 1924, in Monroe City, Ind., to Isaac and Mary (Sherman) Wright.
Surviving are his wife, Barbara (Hughey) Wright of East Peoria; two sons, Leslie (Penny) Wright of Washington and Roger (Nancy) Wright of East Peoria; one daughter, Cheryl (Dennis) Sohn of East Peoria; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Norma LaVone Anderson of Petersburg, Ind.
He was preceded in death by one granddaughter; three brothers; and two sisters.
He was a World War II Navy veteran.
Odell was employed with Caterpillar Inc. for 35 years, retiring in 1985 as a time study analyst.
A special time in Odell's life was holding his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and singing the song, "You Are My Sunshine."
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Aug. 20, 2012, at Knapp-Johnson Funeral Home and Cremation Center in Morton, with Pastor David Troyer officiating. Visitation will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, and one hour prior to services Monday at the funeral home. A graveside service will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday at Glendale Memorial Gardens in Pekin, where full military rites will be conducted by the United States Navy and the Tazewell Military Rites Team.
Memorials may be made to the
, Greater Illinois, 2524 Farragut Drive, Suite A, Springfield, IL 62704.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.knappjohnson.com.