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Richard Gregg Wright

August 1, 1939 January 22, 2020
Richard Gregg Wright
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Richard Gregg Wright (Dick), 80, passed away peacefully, Wednesday, January 22, at
his residence in Coeur d’ Alene after a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Richard was born to Jack and Ruth Wright on August 1, 1939 in Seattle, WA. He was
the oldest of three children and better known as “Gregg” by his family. He graduated
from Lewis and Clark High School in 1957. He attended Pima Community College
working toward a degree in Electrical Engineering. He went on to work as a lineman for
Pacific Gas/Electric and Michigan Electric Company.

In 1973 Richard met and married the love of his life Shirley Sue Hall. Shirley
affectionately tells of the time when she told Richard she has four children; Richard
replied “Well, I like children”. Shirley knew she had a keeper and instantly fell in love
with him and the two remained happily married for 47 years. Richard unconditionally
loved Holly, Rhonda, Kelly and Darin as his own. Each of the children wanted to share
one of their memories. Holly’s memory is of playing catch with him in the yard, and a
willingness to stick up and defend her in a time of need. Rhonda’s is of him being the
man that has been there for her through thick and thin; loving her and her family
unconditionally. Although not biological, she viewed him as her dad. Kelly’s is that she
will always be his “Double Trouble” and partner in crime. Darin’s is splitting firewood. It
did not matter if it was summer, winter, spring or fall, Richard was hunting for wood,
splitting it and stacking it. In 2002, he and Shirley retired to Coeur d Alene and purchased
their dream home overlooking lake Coeur d Alene.

As a child Richard was fascinated with flying and was an avid reader of aviation
magazines, and enjoyed building model airplanes. He also enjoyed collecting currency
from around the world. Every time his father Jack would travel abroad Richard would
eagerly check the mail, waiting for his dad to send him some currency from a new
foreign country. Later in life Richard enjoyed football (Go Hawks), basketball, hiking,
camping and reading a good book.

Richard is survived by his wife, Shirley; his sister, Martha Lehn; his spoiled rotten Cocker Spaniel, “Reese”; daughters, Holly Evans, Rhonda Burns, Kelly St.Pierre; son, Darin Engle; 12 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. Richard was preceded in death by his mother, Ruth; father, Jack and younger brother Clyde (Buddy) Wright.

A memorial service will be held for Richard Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 2:00PM at Yates Funeral Homes, 744 N. 4th St., Coeur d' Alene, Idaho 83814.

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Memorial Service




2:00 PM 2/1/2020 2:00:00 PM
Yates Funeral Home

744 North 4th Street
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

Yates Funeral Home
744 North 4th Street Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States





3:00 PM 2/1/2020 3:00:00 PM
Yates Funeral Home

744 North 4th Street
Coeur d' Alene, ID 83814

Yates Funeral Home
744 North 4th Street Coeur d' Alene 83814 ID
United States

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