OBITUARY

Raymond Marion Wright

December 6, 1920February 18, 2021

Raymond Marion Wright was born December 6, 1920, in Eastern Colorado, to Charles Van Amber Wright and Cynthia Viola Wright (Dowty). He attended school in Fort Morgan, CO.

At age 17, he moved to Denver where he bought his first house and had his parents live with him. He worked at the Albany Hotel in Denver. At the age of 19, he married Josephine Vendegna in 1940. They had 3 children. He and Josephine were married until she died in 1989, just short of their 50th anniversary.

Ray served in the Philippines in World War II. He received the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in the war. Ray continued working in Hotels, after the war, as a bell captain, for the Hilton Hotel in Denver and San Francisco. While working he met Jimmy Stewart, The Beatles, John Wayne, Robert Kennedy and many other famous people. He retired at the age of 62 from the Ramada Inn Stapleton.

In 1996 he married Frances Hawkins. They traveled the US and wintered at a home in Mesquite, NV. They had land and a home near Westcliffe, CO where they spent many summers. Frances died in 2017. Ray then moved to Arvada where he lived with his daughter and son-in-law until his death.

Ray was affectionately known as "Poppy" to everyone. He loved mountains, camping, fishing, golfing, dancing, and reading and watching westerns.

Ray is preceded in death by his wife Josephine, his wife Frances, his daughter Regina, his grandchildren Joseph, Ryan and Holly and great-grandson David.

Ray is survived by his daughter Jody (Ron) Ewig, son Ray (Carol) Wright, son-in-law Stephen Luibel, 30 grandchildren and numberous great and great-great grandchildren.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, March 1, 2021

  • Committal Service

    Monday, March 1, 2021

Memories

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Jody Wright

February 23, 2021

you may not have been a blood grandpa to me but you were always very close and dear to my heart. I am thankful we got to carry on your name. You were a great man, a great leader, and a wonderful grandpa. Rest in peace Poppy love and will always miss you!!

Raymond Wright

February 23, 2021

Grandpa we are going to really miss you! Thank You for getting this party started!! It is an honor to share your name.

Love You,

Ray III & South Dakota Wright's

Jack Buckley0jac

February 22, 2021

Ray and I were brothers_in_law since 1946 and were good freinds until being geographicaly separated for the past several years. My daughter Jackie. and I have kept track of Ray's last years through Katies facebook entries. We will miss you Ray. God bless. Jack Buckley

Anna Griffin

February 22, 2021

I am the one called you Poppy when I was little. I Love You Poppy!!😘🥰😇

Anna Griffin

February 21, 2021

To My Poppy . Thank you for everything you have done for our family. You always had a smile on your face. Have Grandkids, Great Grandkids and Great Great Grandkids!! We all Love You So Much!! Auntie Jody took Great care of you Poppy!! RIP Poppy, I will see you with my Beautiful Mom someday. I Love You. All My Love Anna Marie!!😘🥰❤️😇

Brandi Viveros

February 21, 2021

Poppy, I’ll never forget you and your sense of humor. I know that’s where I inherited my whit 💕 I’ll miss charging you an arm and a leg for a haircut! “Good Gravy” we were lucky to have you so long! I love you!! ❤️ until we meet again
Love, Brando ❤️

Jody Ewig

February 21, 2021

Daddy this house isn't the same without you. You were a good dad and wonderful grandpa. I miss you so much.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY