Helmer Wright, 86Helmer Fremont Wright, 86, Alexandria, died Monday, March 1, 2010 at Knute-Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.
Helmer Fremont Wright, 86, Alexandria, died Monday, March 1, 2010 at Knute-Nelson Memorial Home in Alexandria.
Helmer was born October 19, 1923 in Sanborn to Fremont and Johanna (Yungerberg) Wright. At age 19, he moved with his family to Lake Lillian. He served his country during WWII in the U.S. Army. He served in the Philippines and Japan and received the Army of Occupation Medal, the WWII Victory Medal and the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal. He was honorably discharged on December 10, 1946.
After his time in the service, Helmer returned home and on April 18, 1949 was united in marriage to Ramona Smith in Lake Lillian. They farmed near Lake Lillian until 1956 when they bought a farm and moved to rural Osakis.
Helmer was a lifetime member of the Alexandria VFW and belonged to the Disabled American Veterans (D.A.V.). He had many hobbies and interests. Some of his favorites included gardening, hunting and fishing. He also enjoyed raising ducks and chickens. Helmer was a man of great humor who enjoyed playing games, cards and singing silly songs to his children and grandkids. He was a kind and loving husband, father, grandpa and brother who will be dearly missed by his family and friends.
Helmer is survived by his wife, Ramona Wright of Alexandria; children, Helmer O. (Jean) Wright of Alexandria, Nathan (Mary) Wright of Phoenix, AZ, Jeffrey (Kathy) Wright of Mounds, OK, Candice Herzog of Osakis, Karen (Ron) Propeck of Bemidji; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; brother, Arthur (Verdella) Wright of Willmar; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a stillborn daughter; a great-grandson, Tayib Nash; two brothers, Vincent and Gerald Wright; four sisters, Leoma Wersal and Augusta Linn and two infant sisters.
Memorial services were held Friday, March 5 at 11 a.m. at New Life Christian Church in Alexandria with the Rev. John Talpin officiating. Musicians were Sue Ronning, Dana Hetland and grandson Aaron Wright with an original composition written in tribute to his grandfather. Grandsons Matt Wright and Adam Propeck provided readings. Honorary pallbearers were his grandsons, Ian, Drew, Ben, Aaron and Matt Wright, Zach, Luke, Logan and Damien Herzog, and Adam and Seth Propeck. Military honors were provided by the Alexandria VFW Post. Inurnment was at the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery in Little Falls.
The family requests that donations be made directly to the American Cancer Society at www.americancancersociety.org in memory of Helmer F. Wright. Acknowledgement cards at the site can be sent to Ramona Wright, 9557 Co. Rd. 110 SE, Alexandria, MN 56308.
Arrangements are with Roy-Hetland Funeral Home in Osakis; www.royhetland.com.