CAYUGA, Ind. — Russell “Gene” Wright, 84, of Cayuga, passed away at 8:55 p.m. EST Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, at his residence.
Gene was born Sept. 9, 1929, in Vermilion, Ill., the son of the late Russell Sherman and Frances Margie Vaughn Wright.
He married Janine M. Turner on Dec. 7, 1951, in Terre Haute, Ind. She preceded him in death on Feb. 7, 2013.
Survivors include three daughters, Margie (Tim) Faircloth of Pendleton, Ind., Teresa (Rev. Don) Morgan of Cayuga, and Susan Powell of Charlestown, Ind.; one son, Michael Gene (Cheryl) Wright of Indianapolis; 13 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; one sister, Beverly (Ron) Helms of Fort Wayne, Ind.; two brothers, Richard (Edna) Wright of Ridge Farm, Ill., and Kenneth (Judie) Wright of St. Bernice, Ind.; several nieces and nephews; and special friend, Dorie Delp of Cayuga.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michele “Mitzi” Wright.
Gene retired from Public Service Indiana in 1992, working as a lineman for 42 years. He was a Korean War veteran serving with the United States Army. Gene’s memberships included Cayuga Christian Church (55 years), and Cayuga American Legion Post 263. He was a former member of the Cayuga Lions Club and I.B.E.W.
Gene was a 1947 graduate of Clinton High School. He enjoyed reading, working on computers, watching Chicago Cubs baseball and Chicago Bears football. Gene was a big fan of the University of Illinois. He enjoyed spending time with his dogs, Rocky; Boomer and Buffy.
Gene especially loved teasing his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services: 11 a.m. EST Saturday, Dec. 7, at Cayuga Christian Church. Officiating: Keith Warner. Burial: Thomas Cemetery in Newport, Ind., with military rites by Cayuga American Legion Post 263. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. EST Friday, Dec. 6, at DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga, and one hour prior to services on Saturday at the church.
Contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity. Condolences: www.deverterfuneralhome.com.