Richard Joseph Wright

March 3, 1945December 2, 2017
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LTC Richard Joseph Wright, U.S. Army (Ret.) March 3, 1945 – December 2, 2017

Lieutenant Colonel Richard Joseph Wright (U.S. Army, Ret.) age 72, passed away peacefully on December 2, 2017, surrounded by his devoted family. He is survived by his loving wife Margaret; son, Richard and wife Rosalia; daughter, Elizabeth and husband James; and three grandchildren, Margaret, Anna, and Richard.

Rich graduated from DeLaSalle High School in Minneapolis, MN. He went on to the University of Minnesota and received a MS degree in Philosophy. Rich was a 27-year career U.S. Army officer, including service as a forward air controller in Vietnam followed by many rewarding assignments in the U.S. and overseas. Upon retirement from the U.S. Army, he worked for 20 years as a contractor for Exxon-Mobil. In addition to an active working life, he enjoyed traveling, camping and hiking, gardening, reading and spending time with family.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 14, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 15, 2017, at American Heritage Funeral Home, 10710 Veterans Memorial Drive, Houston, TX. A reception will follow the service.

Interment with military funeral honors will be at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

Flowers or expressions of sympathy may be sent to American Heritage Funeral Home or the funeral home's website listed below. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in memory of Richard J. Wright. Their website can be found at


7 June


08:45 am

Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, VI 22211


  • Visitation Thursday, December 14, 2017
  • Funeral Service Friday, December 15, 2017

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Jerry DiGrezio

December 14, 2017

My thoughts are with you Rich, my BROTHER. Weather at your final destination is always CAVU. Jerry DiGrezio, Catkillers 1970.

Donald Ricks

December 14, 2017

Richard, thank you for remembering us as you informed the military community of your father's death. All who served with Richard have fond memories of his service in the 220th Aviation Company and join with me in expressing our condolences for the passing of an honored veteran of the US Army. God bless you and your family. Don Ricks, Webmaster

Laura & Joey Mott

December 9, 2017

To Margaret and family our deepest sympathy. Your partner will always be in your heart Our thoughts are with you and your family Love Laura and Joey

Karen Pierce

December 8, 2017

Liz, so sorry to hear about your dad's passing. I send my deepest sympathy to you and your family. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Karen P.

art mccanna

December 8, 2017

My deepest sympathy for you Liz and your family. Its so difficult to loose your father. its a great honor to be buried at Arlington.
Art McCanna

Guy Green

December 7, 2017

Remembering Rich with respect and honor. Sympathy to family and friends.