Russell Joseph Wright, age 86, of Wonder Lake, died Thursday, July 31, 2008 at Northern Illinois Medical Center, McHenry.
He was born February 20, 1922 in Antigo, Wisconsin to Joseph and Adelade I. (Edwards) Wright. On March 26, 1950 he married Arlene I. Dunham.
A resident of Wonder Lake since 1967, Russell worked as a plumber for 46 years. He was employed with Wonder Lake Plumbing Company for 16 years and the last 30 years he was the proprietor of the Russell Wright Plumbing Company. Prior to plumbing, he worked as a herdsman at Windy Knoll Farms in Crystal Lake for 14 years.
Russell had a very loving personality but was a great teaser. He was a member of Woodstock Bible Church. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid gardener.
Survivors include his wife Arlene of 58 years; five children, Jeanne (Joe O’Boyle) Wright of Orland Park, Roger (Betty) Wright of Salem, WI., Lyle (Debbie) Wright of Trevor, WI., Neil (Bonnie) Wright of Gurnee, Cheryl (Ron) Barta of McHenry; twelve grandchildren, Jeffrey Wright, Nicholas Wright, Trevor (Amanda) Rische, Travis Rische, Trent Rische, Amanda Wright, Megan Wright, Marcie Wright, Monika Sankpal, Neilan Sankpal, Brandon Barta, Ryan Barta; and a sister, Marion (Steve) Stevens of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Wright on July 27, 2001; his parents; a brother, Donald Wright; and two sisters, Lydia Frohn and Harriet Olson.
Visitation will be from 3 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2008 at Justen Funeral Home & Crematory, 3700 W. Charles J. Miller Road, McHenry, Il 60050.
The funeral will be at 11 a.m on Monday, August 4, at the Woodstock Bible Church, 770 E. Kimbal, Woodstock, Il 60098.
Interment will be at McHenry County Memorial Park Cemetery, Woodstock.
For those wishing to send an expression of condolence, the family suggests memorials to Rock Nest Ranch Children’s Camp of British Columbia, C/O Woodstock Bible Church, 770 Kimball, Woodstock, Il 60098 or Northern Illinois Medical Center, Heart Center, 4201 Medical Center Dr., McHenry, Il 60050.
For information call the funeral home at 815-728-0233. On-line condolences may be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com.