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Obituary for Richard Eugene Wright

Richard Eugene Wright, 79, of St. Joseph, MO died March 16, 2023 at Mosaic Life Center.

Richard was born on September 1, 1943, in Cawker City, Kansas, to Richard and Geneva (Winkel) Wright. He graduated from Troy High School in 1961, and then attended Missouri Western and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. He served in the United States Army and had the rank of Sergeant. He married Marsha Eylar on June 4, 1965, and she preceded him in death on March 8, 2023. He built his own airplane and received several awards such as the Workmanships Award and also the Wright Brother Award. He was a member of the Missouri Pilots Association and the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, WI. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, workshop and flying.

Survivors of Richard are brother-in-law; Edward (Janice) Eylar, nieces, and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife and sister, Rosalee Adkins, and brother-in-law Art Adkins.

Funeral services will be held 2:00PM, Wednesday March 22, 2023, at the First Baptist Church in Troy, Kansas with Rev. Dennis Jennings officiating the service. Burial will follow the services at Doniphan Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be held the day of the service from 1:00pm-2:00pm at the church. Memorial are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association and maybe sent in care to the funeral home. Condolences for the family may be left online at