John Earnest Wright passed away peacefully into heaven on Monday, January 25 surrounded by his family. John was born 9/16/1932 to Glenn Joseph and Chlorah Lea (Sneed) Wright. On August 31, 1957, John married Julia Dianne Price. They shared a long and happy marriage and were blessed with four children, 9 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren. He cherished his family and throughout his life gathered so many friends who turned into family.
He was a natural teacher to all who met him. He was a lifelong learner who enjoyed many hobbies from silversmithing to inventing to studying and building Excel spreadsheets. He shared his faith and possessions freely and was always available to help others. His generosity and concern for others was epic.
John was an electrical engineer and worked in the natural gas industry. After retiring, he and Dianne taught on cruise ships for 7 years. He was a member of Grandview United Methodist Church for over 50 years.
John will be missed his wife, Dianne, three children: Glen (Betty), Julie (Darren), and Jason (Angela); 9 grandchildren Gretchen (Barry), Stephen (Cindy), Nicholas (Kristen), Sarah, Hannah, Jonah, Ty, Chase and Madison (Rama); and 15 great grandchildren Drew, Claire, Mia, Mason, Chloe, Jaxsen, Sue Anna, Cayti, Alex, Tory, Izzy, Chandler, Devon, Peyton and Lance; a brother, Russell and a sister, Billie Joanne, nieces, nephews, cousins and many, many friends.
John was preceded in death by a treasured son, Bradley, his parents and sister Kathy.
John said frequently, “We were put on this earth to help each other.” May we all honor the legacy he shared with each of us. To quote John Wesley:
“Do all the good you can,
By all the means you can,
In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can,
At all the times you can,
To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”
In lieu of flowers Memorial Contributions may be made to Veterans Community Project, 8900 Troost Ave, Kansas City, Mo. 64131 or at www.veteranscommunityproject.org