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December 4, 2013

Wilford 'Wil' Wright

Wilford “Wil” Wright, 89, of Davenport, and most recently of Moline, Ill., died Friday, Nov. 29, 2013 at Amber Ridge Assisted Living, Moline.

Services in celebration of his life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013 at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 109 E. 14th St., Davenport. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Weerts Funeral Home, Kimberly at Jersey Ridge Road, Davenport. Burial will be in Davenport Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church.

Wil was born in 1923 in Centerville, the son of Wilford and Edna Wright. On July 1, 1956 he married Grace E. Gill in Davenport and over the course of their marriage, traveled extensively throughout the 50 states, culminating with an Alaskan cruise in celebration of their 50th anniversary with their family in 2006. She preceded him in death Feb. 21, 2008.

As a young man, he attained the rank of Eagle Scout and later assisted with the Boy Scouts as Assistant Scout Master and Leader. From 1948-49, he served with the U.S. Army, completing his military service from the Iowa National Guard in 1953, attaining the rank of Sergeant.

For 40 years, he worked as an aviation parts inspector with Bendix, retiring in 1990. He was an active and long time member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, where he served as an usher and was a member of the Inbees and Questors Sunday School class. He was also a member of Bendix Retirees and the Scottish Rite of Free Masonry. Wil enjoyed fishing and hunting with his brothers and could often be found gardening or working in his yard.

Survivors include his sons, Steve (Kaye) Wright of Coal Valley, Ill. and Craig (Ann) Wright of Moline, Ill.; grandchildren, Thomas, Marc and Tyler Wright and Kristopher (Joni) Poling; great-grandchildren, Emma Bertram-Looney and Karlee Poling; brother, Harold (Elahvonne) Wright of Knoxville. In addition to his wife, Wil was preceded in death by brothers, Allen Wright and Ivan Wright, and their parents.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Wright family by visiting his obituary at www.WeertsFH.com.

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