Sunday, October 23, 2011

In Memoriam to Gordon Wright, Webmaster of the Berne Historical Project at

Gordon Wright
     Gordon Wright, age 58, of Lone Rock, died on Friday October 21, 2011 at the Kossuth Regional Health Center in Algona.  Funeral services will be 10:30 AM Tuesday at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Glenn Wilson officiating.  Burial will be in Fenton Township Cemetery of rural Lone Rock, with Military Rites conducted by the Kerr-Hamerstrom American Legion Post #557 of Lone Rock. Visitation will be 5 - 7 pm Monday at the Lone Rock Presbyterian Church.

     Gordon John Wright was born on April 26, 1953 in Troy, NY, the son of Harvey and Shirley (Graham) Wright.  When he was eight, his parents moved to the southern California area, settling in Garden Grove.  He joined the Navy at 17 and spent his 20 year career on the East coast, mostly in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Virginia.  He was a missile technician on nuclear submarines and spent nearly 4 years underwater, 72 days at a time.  While in the navy, he married Corrine Mandojana, and made a family with her son Danial and their two children, Rachel and Jeremy.  After retiring from the navy, a string of jobs landed him in Colorado where he was a partner in a computer software company.  There he met Joan Leaneagh in January of 2000 and they were married in Las Vegas, NV on June 9, 2001. After the sale of his business, Gordon wanted to pursue a lifelong dream to live in an RV and travel fulltime, a dream he shared with his father.  Starting in 2004, Gordon and Joan did just that for 7 years, dropping in a couple times a year to see Joan's mother in Lone Rock.  In 2008, they purchased a project house in Lone Rock and he has been working on restoring it.  Gordon loved traveling, his children and grandchildren, the family cats and was known as a computer whiz.

     He is survived by his wife Joan, of Lone Rock; his step-son Danial (Wendy) Mandojana from Rhode Island, daughter Rachel (Kevin) Ruddock of Rhode Island and son Jeremy (Jennifer) of Virginia; six grandchildren: Cassie, Kyle, Brandon, Dylan, Zachary and Madison; two sisters, Dee Dee (Fred) Speicher and Debbie (Charlie) Heintz, both of California; one adopted brother, Mike and two adopted sisters, Denita and Yuridia, his Aunt Gladys of NY and three cousins: Billy, Nancy, and Susan.  He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Darcy.

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