Virden Wright

Malden -- Virden L. Wright, 72, of 201 S. Cherry St., Malden, died at 12:17 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2005, at Colonial Hall Care in Princeton.

Born April 21, 1932, in Malden to W. Fred and Celia (Wilson) Wright, he married Nancy Weber March 27, 1975. She survives.

He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving during the Korean War. He had been employed by the city of Mendota.

He was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Cherry.

Also surviving are eight children, Gary (Tami) Wagner of Bradenton, Fla., Curt (Maryann) Wagner of LaPlace, LA, Gene (Mikki) Wagner of Texas, Vickie Wagner of Bradenton, Fla., Scott (Dana) Wagner of Sheffield, Harold (Mary) Ratajczak of Denton, Rita Zenor of Sparland and Robert (Sharon) Ratajczak of Manlius; one sister, Dolores Karns; three brothers, Ferris (Donna) Wright, Charles (Rosemary) Wright and Max Wright; one half brother, Donald Grabill; one half sister, Ruth Karns; 23 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Naida Clark Wagner, in 1974.

Services will be at 10 a.m. today, Thursday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Cherry, with the Rev. Kevin Gorman officiating. Burial, with graveside military rites, will be in the Malden Cemetery, Malden.

Visitation and a scripture service were held Wednesday in the Norberg Memorial Home, Princeton.

Memorials may be directed to Holy Trinity Church or Friends of Strays.

(Bureau County Republican, Princeton, Illinois, Thursday, March 32, 2005, page 10A, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)




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