Jacob “Jake” W. Wright, 91, of rural Marissa, IL died March 28, 2017 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, IL.
Jake was born June 19, 1925 in Lusk, WY to Edward “Aud” and Viola, nee Holbrook, Wright. He married Elenora Kaiser of Evansville, IL on April 23, 1949 in St Louis, MO and has 5 children.
Jake was raised in rural West Plains, MO where his parents and 3 brothers are buried. Jake was a Sargent in the 89th Infantry 353rd Regiment in World War II participating in the Battle of the Bulge, the crossing of the Rhine River and participated in the liberation of the Ohrdruf Concentration Camp, the first Concentration Camp to be liberated. Jake received 2 Bronze Stars and the Combat Infantryman Badge while in the service.
Jake followed this with a lifetime career in the transportation business and enjoyed many years of post-retirement working at Wrights Do It Center. Jake was a 50 year plus member of the Boy Scouts of America serving as Scoutmaster at Troop 529 in Belleville and a Committee member at Troop 327 in Marissa. Jake received and achieved numerous Scouting awards thru his 50 plus years including the Silver Beaver Award. However his most cherished award being the Scouters Key for working with youth. Jake was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars at the New Athens Post 7710 and the American Legion Post 0565 in New Athens.
Jake was a good and loving Father, Grandfather and Great Grandfather who cherished kids. He is survived by 3 sons and 2 daughters. James (Cynthia Meiners) Wright of St Louis, MO; Dennis (Kathy) Wright of Marissa, IL; Tom (Karen) Wright of Marissa, IL; Teresa (Brad) Mc Clanahan of Elkville, IL; and Mary (Steve) Lowe of Litchfield, IL. 10 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers – Louis, Ralph and James and wife Elenora.
Condolences to the family may be expressed online at www.heilschuessler.com.
Memorials may be made to the Macke Resource Center or to Marissa Boy Scout Troop 327
Visitation: Friends may call at Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL on Monday, April 3, 2017 from 3:00pm to 9:00pm (Prayer service will be held at 3:00pm) and on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 9:00am to 9:30am
Funeral: A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Agatha Catholic Church in New Athens, IL on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00am with Father James Nall officiating.
Burial: Interment will be held in Saint Boniface Catholic Cemetery in Evansville, IL.
Heil-Schuessler Funeral Home in Marissa, IL is in charge of arrangements.