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Richard A. Wright Jr.

October 23, 1937 — February 15, 2022

Richard A. Wright Jr., 84 of Taylorville, passed away on Tuesday, February 15, 2022 in his home. He was born on October 23, 1937 in Corpus Christi, Texas, the son of Richard A. Wright Sr. and Frances L. (Achenbach) Wright. He married Christel Molenski on September 16, 1960 in Taylorville. Richard retired from the Illinois Department of Transportation as a manager of the Duplicating Department. Richard enjoyed spending time outdoors, especially while golfing. He enjoyed hunting, especially trips out west for elk hunting. He was a talented grill chef who could cook almost anything on the grill. Over the years he used his grilling skills to help at fundraisers for the Knights of Columbus. He was a SCUBA diver and member of the Taylorville Rescue Squad search and recover team. Richard was a life-long-learner. No matter the subject, he had a passion for learning as much as he could. More than anything he adored his grandchildren. No matter what sport or activity they were involved in, he was always there to support them.

He is survived by his wife; Christel Wright of Taylorville; son: Douglas A Wright (Jamie) of Taylorville; grandchildren: Rani Gosnell (Aaron) and Sid Wright both of Taylorville; great granddaughter: Griffen Gosnell of Taylorville; and brother: Dave Wright (Glenda) of Mattoon. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter: Debbie Smitley; and sister: Marcia Wright.

Mr. Wright will be cremated, and no services will be held. McClure Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Taylorville is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Richard, or condolences to the family, may be shared online at

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