John A. Wright, Sr.
John A. Wright, Sr., 80, of Springfield died at 4:40 pm Friday, September 12, 2014 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on August 26, 1934 in Springfield to Carl L. and Mary (Schmidt) Wright. He married Rita Rose Disco on April 28, 1956 and she preceded him in death on December 12, 2009. Also preceding him in death were his parents.
Surviving are three children; John A. (Kathie) Wright, Jr. of Springfield, Cathy (Robert) Kretschmar of Idaho and Donald (companion, Jackie) Wright of Springfield; three grandchildren, Danielle, Adam and Chrissy; three great grandchildren, Hope, Victoria and Nolan; two sisters, Shirley (Walter) Painter of Springfield and Linda (Harry) Logue of Rochester; one brother, Jimmie (Judy) Wright of Champaign; companion, Betty Paul of Springfield and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
John was a resident of Springfield for all of his life. He was a US Air Force Veteran. He was in the Air National Guard and was activated in 1961 – 62 during the Cuban Missile Crisis and retired in 1988 from the Guard after 38 years. He was a licensed aircraft inspector. John started flying airplanes in 1974, received his license in 1976 and was very active in the Ercoupe Owners Club for over 40 years. He was an aircraft mechanic for the 183rd Air National Guard. He attended Feitchans Grade School and Springfield High School. He was an active member of the Gold Wing Road Riders Association.
Visitation: 5-7 pm Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 10:00 am Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Staab Funeral Home with Pastor Ed Ingram officiating. Burial will follow at Camp Butler National Cemetery where military honors will be conducted by the Sangamon County Inter-Veterans Burial Detail and the United States Air Force.