Bill Wright
(1928 - 2008)

Bill Wright

June 22, 1928

September 30, 2008

This site is dedicated to Bill Wright.

                                WILLIAM R. WRIGHT

William R. Wright, age 80 of Arland, WI died Tuesday, September 30, 2008 at North Memorial Medical Center, Robbinsdale, MN, from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).

Memorial Services will be at St. Michael's Lutheran Church, 9201 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN (952-831-5276) on Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 1:00 pm; and again at Salem Lutheran Church, 1360 East LaSalle Ave., Barron, WI (715-537-3011) on Friday, November 7, 2008 at 1:00 pm. Interment was Monday, October 6, 2008 at Mount Hope Cemetery of Silver Creek Lutheran Church, Clayton, WI.

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William Robert Wright was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 22, 1928 to Charles H. and Adele T. (nee Schulze) Wright. He became a child of God through the waters of Holy Baptism on July 16, 1928, and confirmed his faith in Christ Jesus as his Savior on April 6, 1941. Bill graduated from Baldwin Township High School in Pittsburgh, PA in 1946, and enlisted in the Navy V-5 program. When the program was discontinued, he reenlisted in the Air Force Academy Cadet Program at Randolph Field, San Antonio, TX. A few months after completing basic training and flight training, World War II ended, and he was discharged. Utilizing his benefits from the GI Bill, he entered Concordia Teacher’s College, River Forest, IL. Bill graduated from Concordia College in 1952, and earned his MEd from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 1962.

The spring of 1952, Bill received his first call to serve in a two-room school at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School in West Allis, WI. There, he was privileged to serve for 15 years as their teacher and principal, working with the Rev. Dr. G. Christian Barth, and the Rev. Dr. Karl Barth. In 1967, Bill accepted the call to serve as Education and Youth Counselor in the Iowa West District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. He served in the Iowa West District for 12 years, under the District President, Rev. Ellis Nieting. He accepted the call in 1979 to the Minnesota South District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod, to serve as an Assistant to President O. H. Cloeter, in Education and Youth. He continued serving in that office until his retirement in April, 1992.

Other Offices Served: Chairman of the South Wisconsin District Teachers’ Conference; Secretary of the Conference of Education Executives (Confedex); Member and Chairman of the Evangelism Board of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod; Secretary of the Social Ministries Floor Committee for the 1992 LCMS Synodical Convention.

While at Concordia College, River Forest, IL, Bill became the first student granted permission to marry prior to graduating. And on December 27, 1951, he married Juanita D. Daubert at St. John Lutheran Church in Denver, CO. They were the parents of three children: Stephen, Deborah (Yasushi) Tamura, and Timothy. After a courageous battle with cancer, Juanita entered her heavenly home, April 5, 1980.

On September 5, 1982 Bill married Lucinda (Cindy) Hahn at St. Michael's Lutheran Church in Bloomington, MN. They made their home in Eden Prairie, MN until Bill’s retirement in April, 1992, when they moved to Barron County, WI. Bill had many talents and interests (architecture and design, magic, travel, poetry, genealogy, writing, solar cooking, hymnody, Bible study, evangelism and Christian outreach, etc.), which, by God’s grace, he continued to pursue and develop throughout his retirement years. In 1995, Bill was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), and he completed the Pulmonary Rehabilitation program at North Memorial Medical Center in Robbinsdale, MN in 1999. At that time, he recognized the importance of, and the need for, current, ongoing, and accurate, information relating to COPD and lung disease, and began writing the publication Northern Breeze, and its electronic companion Gentle Breeze for fellow North Wind’rs.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Cindy; children Deborah (Yasushi) Tamura, and Timothy; 4 grandchildren; sister-in-law Priscilla Carvin-Wright; nieces, nephews and cousins. His wife Juanita, parents Charles and Adele, brother David, and son Stephen preceded him in death.

On Tuesday, September 30, 2008, Bill entered into his eternal rest. His body was buried in Mount Hope Cemetery on October 6, 2008 at Silver Creek Lutheran Church in Clayton, WI, and now awaits the day of resurrection when he, and all believers in Christ Jesus, will be raised to life eternal.

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iLasting Staff
November 25th, 2008
Greetings in Christ Cindy,

I have to agree with what Steve Miller said about Bill's obituary. It really does reflect the light of Christ in Bill's and your life. I pray that the reassruance of our Lord's promise to bring us home to Him will be a comfort to you during this time of lose.
Greg & Deb Becker
Gregory Becker (friend)
November 7th, 2008
Hi, LuLu (I know you don't really like that name, but I just wanted to jog your memory a bit - perhaps more than a bit -- let's say a big CSP chomp!) I grieve for you but rejoice for Bill. He was my one and only Dist Ed. Rep. during my 8 years as principal in SW MN. I remember his strong faith, the twinkle in his eye, his love for a good laugh, and his willingness to be of service to God. What a wonderful legacy! It was also nice seeing you once a year or so at conferences when you were the CPH rep. May God grant you strength to endure these days and may He bless you with many wonderful and precious memories until the day our Lord brings the two of you together again. Thank you for the wonderfully-written obituary. What a great testimony to our glorious Lord! May God bless you, Cindy. You are a CSP friend- -and as always, friendships made with a common Christian foundation, last an eternity.

Love in Christ,

Jim Holthus (friend)
October 26th, 2008
Hi Cindy,
Both Betty-Jane and I extend our deepest sympathy at the passing of Bill. We both remember the times that we enjoyed your company following one of Bill's visits the St. Johns School in Wykoff.
It is our prayer that the Lord will place His loving arms around you and your family and carry you through this difficult time. Blessings in His name.
Chuck & Betty-Jane Kaun
Charles Kaun (co-worker in MNSo Dist.)
October 24th, 2008
Hi Cindy,
I just learned about Bill and want to share my grief with you. I came to know Bill when he came into the Minnesota South District and worked with him in many different arenas over the years. I'm very sorry for you but happy for Bill that he is home with his Savior. Blessings.
Cletus Pfeiffer (co-worker in MNSo Dist)
October 24th, 2008
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"May God bless and comfort you, and all of Bill's family. He was our special link with that branch of the Wrights. He was an inpiration to all of us. love and peace Marjorie Keil"
Marjorie Keil
October 25th, 2008
"We will miss Cousin Bill so much. I appreciate your coming back here to Ohio with him, Cindy. We learned a lot from him and enjoyed hearing the two of you tell about building the house in Wisconsin and other adventures. You + family are in my prayers"
Kimberly Keil Cueto
October 25th, 2008


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