James Lee Wright, 75, of Waverly, Iowa passed away on Monday, February 5, 2018, at the Hospice of the Valley - Lund Home in Gilbert, Arizona after a brief illness.
Jim was born on February 25, 1942, the son of Clare “Charlie” and Gertie (Evers) Wright in Waverly, Iowa. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1960. On October 9, 1965, he was united in marriage to Charlotte Elaine Maas at St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly. Jim helped his father doing block and brick work and in 1967, built his family home east of Waverly, where the couple continued to live. Jim was employed at Carnation (Nestle), retiring after 39 years of service on February 1, 2002. After retirement he and Elaine split their time between Iowa and Arizona.
Jim enjoyed baseball and drag racing, often planning family vacations to attend a game or race. He loved playing cards with friends, traveling, and spending time with his grandchildren. In his younger years, he enjoyed racing at Neita Raceway and in later years, he took up woodworking making countless pieces of furniture for friends and family. He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly, Teamsters Union, Cedar Valley Woodworkers Club, and Sons of AMVET.
Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Elaine of Waverly, Iowa; mother, Gertie Wright of Waverly, Iowa; daughter, Becky (Tom) Adix of Denver, Colorado; son, Jeff (Kathleen) Wright of Kansas City, Missouri; four grandchildren, Alexa and Sam Adix and Sinjin and Waylon Wright; sister, Kay (Dennis) Brown of Sumner, Iowa and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Wright.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran Church in Waverly, Iowa with the Rev. Jon M. Ellingworth officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday from 9:30 am until 11:00 am at St. John Lutheran in Waverly, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Wright family to be used for his grandchildren’s education. Online condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com.
Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home of Waverly, Iowa is assisting the Wright family with arrangements. 319-352-1187
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