A service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman officiating.
Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.
A tribute run/walk will be held following the service.
Boston Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.
Mr. Wright was born Aug. 25, 1953, in Oak Park, Ill., a son of the late Thomas and Mildred (Benson) Wright. He grew up in Itasca, Ill., attended schools there and graduated from Lake Park High School in 1971.
He was married to Margaret “Peggy” Neradt March 8, 1975, at St Paul’s United Church of Christ in Bloomingdale, Ill.
Following high school, he attended Elmhurst College, receiving his bachelor’s degree in chemistry/education in 1975. He received a doctorate from Marquette University in inorganic chemistry in 1980.
He taught for two years at Lakeland College in Sheboygan and in 1982 he accepted a position at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) as a professor of chemistry. He taught chemistry for 32 years at UWSP and was expected to retire in May, when he was going to be the grand marshal at the UWSP graduation ceremony.
During his tenure, he conducted demonstrations at local elementary schools to inspire children’s love for science. He won the university teaching award twice while at UWSP. He also brought family stories into his published articles, blending his family and teaching.
He scored his daughters’ and niece’s gymnastics meets, was a sideline soccer coach and participated in a monthly triathlon or running race.
He was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and the “Boys of Wednesday.” He also belonged to the YMCA, Stevens Point Country Club, and the Whiting Dinner and Dance Club.
Survivors include his wife, Peggy, Plover; three daughters, Aimee (Dan) Wierzba, Verona, Kelly (RP) Petrowski, Madison, and Beth Wright, Chicago, Ill.; one brother, Tim (Betty), Eagle River; one sister, Joan (Paul) Nelson, Itasca, Ill.; and two grandchildren.