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Wright, Jackie Ray
Jackie Ray "Jack" Wright, 79, of rural Rio, formerly of 2405 Costa Drive, Galesburg, died at 6 p.m. Thursday, October 6, 2011 at home.

He was born July 21, 1932 in Sunfield, IL, the son of Jonah and Lela Knapp Wright. He married Martha Applebey on June 21, 1954 in Galesburg. She preceded him in death on July 23, 2006.

He is survived by a son, Michael (and Lora) Wright of Galesburg; two daughters, Lynn (and Mike) Hayes of Rio and Lisa (and Steve) Vaglica of Dixon, Ill.; five grandchildren, Tamara Powell, Amanda and Jenny Wright and Troy and Tyler Curtis; two great grandchildren, Jade Powell and Peyton Walters; a brother, Lyle Wright of Galesburg; and a sister, Alberta Prather of Indianapolis, Ind. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Jack was a car inspector for the CB&Q Railroad, then Burlington Northern Railroad for 45 years, known as the "Ripper." He retired in 1994. He had lived in the Galesburg area since the age of 4. He graduated from Galesburg High School in 1950 and attended Monmouth College. Jack was a member of Grace Episcopal Church. He enjoyed woodworking.

During the mid 50's to the early 70's, Jack and Martha lived on W. Berrien St., where for his love of Silver Streaks Basketball, he built a full court for anyone who wanted to enjoy it. Jack coached the Little League Baseball team the "Cubs" from 1961 to 1966.

Jack served in the United States Air Force from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War. He was stationed in Korea, Japan, and the Philippines. He was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

Cremation will be accorded. Memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, October 9, 2011 in Hinchliff-Pearson-West Galesburg Chapel. Rev. Jon Sibley will officiate. Military rites will be conducted by Ralph M. Noble American Legion Post 285. Visitation will be 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve or OSF Hospice. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com. Following the service, the celebration of Jacks life will continue at the home of his daughter, Lynn.
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