Walter Thomas "Tom" Wright, 91, passed away on Tuesday, April 9, 2013, at Oakwood Village East in Madison, Wisc. He was born in Stacyville, Iowa, on May 11, 1921, the son of Walter Allen and Bess (Hanson) Wright. He attended the University of Iowa, then joined the U.S. Navy during WWII, where he served in the Pacific theatre, installing some of the first radar sites, and later served as an Ensign on a minesweeper. When on leave in San Francisco, he met the love of his life, Navy Wave Frances Roberts. They were married on Sept. 7, 1946.
Tom graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry in Chicago, Ill., and established an optometric practice in Toledo. There they raised three children. Tom and Frances retired to Lake City, Minn., and then to Oakwood Village East, Madison, Wisc. He enjoyed among many things fishing, hunting, woodworking, playing golf and reading. In addition, he was a board member of the State Bank of Toledo, the Toledo Public Library board of directors, the Tama-Toledo Country Club board and a member of the local Masonic Temple.
Tom is survived by his brother, Jack (Barbara) Wright; two sons, Robert (Catherine), Richard (Lynda); daughter, Ruth (Mark) Allee; seven grandchildren, Andrew (Melissa Westphal), Erin (Jason) Parker, Jason (Ariana), Mary (Michael Hayden), Stephanie, and Joseph Wright, Spencer Allee; four great grandchildren, Greta and Marin Wright and Callie and Daniel Parker; and special friends, Donna and George Nielander. Tom was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Frances and a sister, Barbara Wright.
Walter Thomas “Tom” Wright
A graveside service will be held at Sun Prairie Memeory Gardens, 1147 Clarmar Drive, Sun Prairie, on Saturday, April 20, at 2 p.m. with Rev. Dr. David J. Berggren officiating.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to The Oakwood Foundation, 6201 Mineral Point Rd, Madison, WI 53705.
Cress Funeral & Cremation Services. Sun Prairie, is in charge of arrangements.