OBITUARY

Andrew Jerry Wright

April 13, 1995March 14, 2020
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Andrew Jerry Wright, 24, of Kansas City, MO passed away March 14, 2020. He was born in Columbia, MO on April 13, 1995. Andrew graduated high school from Lincoln Christian School in Tulsa, OK. He then attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL and played one year of football as a defensive back. He transferred to the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. He recently was a first year medical student at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Andrew was a volunteer for Special Olympics Columbia, MO, Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch, Tulsa, OK, and most recently accepted to be a Big Brother for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City. He enjoyed mentoring youth and helping them in any way he could.

Andrew loved sports and especially Minnesota Vikings football! He was an avid Star Wars and Game of Thrones fan that he shared with his brother Alex.

Andrew always loved hosting and organizing get togethers with his friends! He had a caring and outgoing personality and a relentless work ethic. He enjoyed school and was looking forward to his career as a doctor.

His compassionate and fun-loving spirit will carry on through all who knew and loved him.

Andrew is survived by his parents Nick and Polly Wright and his brother Alex Wright. His grandmother Carole LaHue, Columbia, MO and his grandfather Richard Ireland, Hereford, TX, as well as multiple Aunts, Uncles, and cousins.

A Visitation will be held at Memorial Funeral Home, Saturday, March 21, 2020 from 11-1 pm with a funeral ceremony to follow at 1pm for family and extended family only, due to recent health concerns surrounding COVID-19, thank you for your understanding. A celebration of life will be held at a later date on the campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

Donations can be made in lieu of flowers in memory of Andrew to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Kansas City. To make a one-time donation, click the donation link or visit www.bbbskc.org/give. Be sure to put in memory of ...when filling out. Donations, via cash or check, may also be mailed to BBBS at 1709 Walnut St., Kansas City, MO 64113. Checks can be made out to BBBSKC.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 21, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • A celebration of life will be held at a later date on the campus of Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences.

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Susan Lever

March 24, 2020

Andrew was a student of mine in the second semester of Organic Chemistry at the University of Missouri. He was always very engaged in the material and quite interested in becoming a doctor. I recall that semester is when he injured his arm in a car accident. That didn’t stop him though! He worked diligently to keep up in his studies. I only saw the account of his life today; otherwise, I would have come to tell you these wonderful things about your son in person. I am so deeply sorry that you no longer have Andrew with you. Susan Lever

Kaylee Lauritsen

March 21, 2020

Andrew and I met when he was my lab partner for Animal Physiology at Mizzou. We spent hours studying together for that class and the next semester decided to study for the MCAT together. Every Tuesday and Thursday I went over to his house to stream our online class. He almost always had a cup of coffee waiting for me. Andrew was one of the kindest most giving friends I have ever had. He always encouraged me and listened to me. I never had any doubts that he was going to be one amazing doctor. Andrew really loved his family. He talked about how much his parents gave to him and meant to him. He was really proud of his little brother. I asked Andrew to volunteer for Special Olympics with me. Andrew really threw himself into that service. I think after just the very first practice, I came to the second one a bit earlier than him and all the athletes started asking "Where's Andrew? Is Andrew coming?". One girl, Jamie, started calling him her big brother. Andrew had a smile that could light up the room. I will never watch Game of Thrones or Star Wars and not think of him. The last time I spoke to Andrew he gave me so much encouragement about being a doctor. Andrew gave so much to all of us. I am so happy that I got to have the blessing of being Andrew's friend. My prayers are with his family and his many friends.

Mike Blair

March 19, 2020

Every now and then you “get” to share a season of life with someone special. Andrew was friends with my oldest son during youth football at Bixby. I got to coach Drew and got to know Nick and Polly. We all did life together on and off the field. Drew was one of those rare “old souls” who just loved life and loved people. A smile so infectious and big it filled any room he entered. May God guide him home and peace be with Nick, Polly and Alex...🙏🏻❤️

Tricia Livingston

March 18, 2020

Andrew served beautifully as a mentor to young boys at Tulsa Hills Youth Ranch. He not only had fun with them, but also brought joy and hope to them and made them feel loved and accepted. I am so thankful to have known him. He was a gift to the ranch and to the children he served. We lost a very special young man. Praying for peace for the family.

A.Baki Agbas

March 18, 2020

It is very difficult for a teacher who losses his/her student. As Andrew entered in eternal life, I offer my heartfelt condolence to his family.
Dr.Agbas

Lindsey Groves

March 17, 2020

My sweet cousin, my family and I will miss you greatly!! The memories my kids have of spending time with you and my sweet Aunt Polly, Uncle Nick & Wrizzy are unforgettable. You loved my kids and you loved your pets. Dogs & kids are good trust of character. You never met a kiddo or animal that didn’t love you. Rest In Peace my friend & My cousin.

Jonathan Curry

March 17, 2020

While I didn’t know Andrew very long, he made a lasting impression in my life. He was caring, fun, and could always put a smile on your face. My heart, prayers, and thoughts go out to the family.

Kim Dill

March 17, 2020

AJ, oh where do I start you joined our baseball team A's. You had that charming can do attitude do for Coach Tom. Daryl and yourself in the outfield boy nothing got past the 2 of you. You left us way to soon. We love you AJ.

Dawn Hoeftmann

March 17, 2020

I don’t know Andrew very well but we are friends with his parents. He came to the rescue of all of his moms friends one night at our neighborhood bar by making the obnoxious man dance with him and not leaving him alone so the man would learn his lesson. I laughed so hard and instantly thought he was the funniest sweetest kid. And I will always remember how his eyes lit up every time he hugged his mom!! I am praying and thinking of all his family and friends. All my love dawn

Kayla Hawk

March 17, 2020

There isn’t a HS memory that doesn’t involve Andrew and his laughter— from prom to the lake. My heart aches that the world lost such a wonderful soul and an amazing person. Rest easy my friend, you will be missed dearly.

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