John Baker WRIGHT

News Death Notice

WRIGHT, John Baker was born in Bellefontaine, Ohio on May 2, 1926. Son of Elizabeth and George Wright. He was a graduate of Springfield High School in 1944. Received BS in music at Wittenberg College in 1950; received MA in Education Administration and Counseling in 1961. He was a music teacher (1950-1952) in Randolph Township, music teacher in Mad River Township at Greenon HS (1952-1960), Counselor art Fairmont West HS in Kettering, OH (1961-1962), Counselor at Hayward Jr. HS in Springfield, OH (1962-1964), Asst Principal/Counselor at Springfield (South) HS (1964-1967), Principal at Springfield (South) HS (1967-1982), Newspaper carrier for Springfield News Sun (1990-2012). He was in the U. S. Navy (Seabee) Construction Battalion (1944-1946) and served in Okinawa during WWII. He also was a musician with local dance bands (1950-1975). He was a member of First United Church of Christ in Springfield, OH since 1951, Choir Director from (1951-2012) and also held positions on the Board of Trustees. He belonged to Beta Theta Pi and Wittenberg, Beta Alumni Association, Springfield Rotary Club (Organist) Benevolent Protective Order of Elks #51 (Organist), Masonic Order # 619 (St. Andrews Lodge), Royal Arch Masons (Shawnee Chapter #237), and member of the Board of Mental Health of Springfield. He performed in many Music Stage and Civic Theater productions: Vintage Voices of Elderly United; and Spryliters. Survivors include his wife Nancy (Shaw) Wright of Springfield, OH; Sister-in-law Cheryl Shaw, of Calif; Children include John R. (Linda) Wright of AL; Thomas G. (JoAnn) Wright of OH; Step-Children; Brian K. and Kelli J. Long of OH, Grandchildren; Kerrie (Shawn) Ching, Jennifer (Neil) Talbert of Calf; Michael (Sandy) Wright of Calif., Douglas (Amy) Wright of OH, Step-grandchildren; Haley (Jerry) Leedy of IN, Khrisin (Tony) Cascio, Michael Long Jr. Joshua Long and Brandi Pence of OH; Great-Grandchildren; Nicholas, Sydney and Benjamin Wright, Declan and Noel Wright, Gregory Henry III, Brandon, Kayla and Noelani Ching, Alexander and Kylie Talbert, Step -great Grandchildren; Giovonni, Sicily, Lazio and Valentino Cascio, Gabriel and Payton Leedy, Kylee Pennington and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents, son David Wight, daughter Mary Anne Barnes, Step-son Michael Long, Sisters Ann Runkle and Jeanne (Rush) Nichols, and brother-in-law Doug Shaw. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Monday in First United Church of Christ with Pastor Gail Eastwood officiating. Visitation will be held for two hours prior to the services. Private committal services will be held for the family in Ferncliff Cemetery, Contributions may be made to St. Judes Children's Research Hospital located at 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or First United Church of Christ, 2000 East High Street, Springfield, Ohio 45505. Arrangements are being handled by the JONES-KENNEY-ZECHMAN FUNERAL HOME.

Published in Springfield News-Sun on Jan. 6, 2013