Richard C. Wright, age 85, of Yankton, South Dakota died Sunday, May 17, 2015 at Avera Yankton Care Center.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 AM on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton with Pastor Rick Slattery officiating. Burial will be at a later date at St. Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in rural Madison, South Dakota. Military honors will be provided by the Ernest-Bowyer VFW Post No. 791 in Yankton. A gathering of friends and family will be from 5:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home in Yankton with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the memorial service on Thursday at the church.
Honorary pallbearers will be his grandchildren: Curt and Caleb Steiner, Andrew, Elsie, and Oliver Kotalik, Allison, Isaiah, and Eli Wright and Anthony, Kaitlyn and Thomas Wiener.
Richard C. Wright was born, October 7, 1929 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, to George and Helene (Shonsbye) Wright. He grew up in Rowena, South Dakota and graduated from Washington High School in Sioux Falls. He enlisted in the Air National Guard and later graduated from South Dakota State College in Brookings. After college, he returned to Rowena and began custom trucking and farming with his father. He married Nina Ruste on June 25, 1966 in rural Madison, South Dakota and began working for Sioux Falls Rendering. They moved to Yankton, South Dakota in 1976 and Richard began working for Darling Delaware until his retirement.
He attended Calvary Baptist Church in Yankton and enjoyed attending auctions, hunting, politics and animals, especially horses. Richard was a true gentleman, who never said a bad word about anyone. He was a kind and generous man who loved his family and grandchildren.
Survivors include his wife, Nina of Yankton; four children: Sarah (Brian) Steiner of Waverly, Iowa; Laura (Tim) Kotalik of Yankton; Ryan (Jennifer) Wright of Rapid City, South Dakota; and Andrea Wright of Yankton; 11 grandchildren: Curt (fiancée Samantha Halverson) Steiner, Caleb Steiner, Andrew, Elsie, and Oliver Kotalik, Allison, Isaiah, and Eli Wright and Anthony, Kaitlyn and Thomas Wiener; two brothers: Dennis (Deanna) Wright of Royal Oak, Michigan and Jon "Jack" Wright of Brandon, South Dakota; sister, Carol Archer of Brandon; sister-in-law, Patricia Wright of Brandon; and many nieces and nephews and friends.
He was preceded by his parents; brother, Russell Wright; two sisters: Noel (Roger) Finley and Joan (Buck) Williams and brother-in-law, Ronald Archer.
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Dear Sarah and your family, You are in my thoughts and prayers. May God hold you tight as you go through the days ahead. Hugs to you!
Sarah and Family,
I wish that I could be there with you. Do know that my heart is holding your heart at this time. May you find comfort in the many happy times you shared with your dad-- they will be with you forever. I never met him, but I know he was good because he raised you the way you are-- you're his legacy. Take good care of yourself and your mom. I can't wait to see you soon so we can take care of you!
My love to all of you,
We're thinking about all of you and praying that you'll find peace with time.
Jeff & Jan
Dear Nina and family, So sorry to hear about Dick. My heart goes out to you all. I have such wonderful memories that go back to Valley Springs and Rowena and all the Wright and Severson families. Then I married a man from Montrose, Nina's hometown, so was so happy to connect with Dick and Nina a few times over the years after we moved to the farm. Dick was such a wonderful, happy man. May you all find peace in your memories.
Judi (Severson) Christensen
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