Thomas Ray Wright, 80, Hays, died Friday, June 3, 2016, at Cedar Bluff Reservoir.
He was born March 21, 1936, in Joplin, Mo., to Homer Ray and Evelyn (Jones) Wright. He was a 1954 graduate of Stella Missouri High School.
He married Nancy “Bunny” (Mapes) in 1960. He later married Marlene A. (Inloes) Johnson on Dec. 7, 1978, in Hays. He worked at John Deere in East Moline, Ill., as an electrician and moved to Hays in 1977. He worked for the City of Hays for 21 years as a trash truck driver and retired in 2000.
He was a member of Celebration Community Church.
He was a master at wood working and enjoyed giving his finished crosses to others. He enjoyed yard work, fishing, antique tractors, collecting toys and attending the shows, and spent time doing jig saw puzzles and embroidery work.
Survivors include his wife, of the home; two sons, Glenn Wright and wife, Diane, Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Kenneth Wright and wife, Gin, Pratt; a daughter, Alisa Wright, Ellis; two stepsons, Gene Johnson, Zurich, and Don Johnson, Park; a sister, Twyla McInturff and husband, Lowell, Purdy, Mo.; a brother-in-law, Paul Hadley, Tucson, Ariz.; 23 grandchildren; 27 great- grandchildren; a great-great-granddaughter; and his dog, Holly.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Alan Wright; a sister, Teresa Hadley; and a stepson, Dennis Johnson.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Celebration Community Church, Interstate 70, Exit 157, Hays; burial will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Baker Township Cemetery, Quinter.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cline’s Mortuary of Hays, 1919 East 22nd, Hays, KS 67601 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Memorials are suggested to Celebration Community Church in care of the mortuary.
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