He was a U.S. Army WWII veteran and a prisoner of war. He was an avid volunteer for the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center and American Red Cross.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 67 years, Mary Edell Wright; his son, Lonny Wright of Wichita; his daughter and son-in-law, Gwen and Jim Ater of Fort Worth, formerly of Olathe; his son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Dani Wright of Tucson, Ariz.; and his sweet sister, Virginia Rapoport of Nashville, Tenn. Lonny also leaves four grandchildren: Dustin Ater (Meredith) of Fort Worth, Allison Holcomb (Michael) of Forth Worth, David Wright of Tucson and Mary Lee Wright, also of Tucson. Four great-grandchildren in Fort Worth loved their Great Papa: Samuel Ater, Natalie Ater, Emma Grace Ater and Madison Holcomb.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Adrian Wright, Ray Wright and James E. Wright; and six sisters, Opha Mae Wright, Alna Switzer, Lovina Lemond, Audrey Cheatham, Ruth True and Mary Mires Wright.
The graveside service with military honors will be at 3 p.m. Friday at East Hill Cemetery in Erie. Visitation with the family will be at 10 a.m. Saturday with a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the Mount Vernon United Methodist Church, Wichita.
Memorials are suggested to Mount Vernon Methodist Church, 5701 E. Mount Vernon, Wichita, 67218. Condolences can be left at cochranmortuary.com.