Larry Wright ELGIN - Larry Dale Wright, 67, of Elgin entered into rest Sunday, December 9, 2013 at The WJB Dorn VA Medical Center. Born September 17, 1946 in Madison, IN, he was a son of the late Harry E. Wright, Sr., and Mary Edith (Davidson) Wright. Mr. Wright had dutifully served his country during the Vietnam War. He was with Troop A, 1st Squadron, 9th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile) where he served as the Crew Chief of a Huey Helicopter. He received numerous medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross and a Purple Heart. Prior to his illness, he enjoyed taking road trips out west, especially Four Corners and Arizona. Mr. Wright also particularly enjoyed spending time with his former military unit, the 9th Cavalry Division. Following his military service Mr. Wright graduated from Purdue University. He was subsequently hired to work as a Special Agent with the Department of Justice. After eight years he went to work for the Department of Treasury as a Customs Agent, where he worked until he retired. Mr. Wright is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Ann Wright (Shai Goldenberg) and Elizabeth Jade S. Dresel (John); his brother, Harry E. Wright, Jr. (Georgia); the mother of his children, Melba Rogers (Gaines) and seven grandchildren, Justin Hamby, Rebecca, Johnathan and J.D. Sykes, Sarah, Emma and Kaiden Dresel. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2013, in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29229. The family will receive friends following the service at the home of Elizabeth Sykes Dresel and John Dresel. The family is planning a celebration of Mr. Wright's life, to be held in his home town of Greensburg, Indiana, in the Spring of 2014. Announcements will be sent to friends, family and all of his military buddies. Friends and relatives are invited to view this obituary and share condolences or memories with the family at www.thompsonsfuneral.com.
Published in The State on Dec. 13, 2013