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Friday, January 27, 2012

Lawrence Russell Wright, 86, of Liberty, Mo., formerly of Uniontown, Kan., passed away Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. His celebration of life was Saturday, Jan. 14, at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church, Liberty, Mo.

Russell was the son of Lawrence P. and Dessie (Hite) Wright of Uniontown, Kan. He was born on Nov. 20, 1925, in Uniontown. On Oct. 16, 1946, he married Fleta May Harper, of Petersburg, Kan., in Fort Scott.

Russell was a man of many trades. A farmer, truck driver, a union carpenter of Local No. 938 out of Richmond, Mo., and for the North Kansas City School District.

After retirement, he continued his love of watching KU basketball, fishing, hunting, freelance photography and spending time with family.

Russell was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Ruth Quick and Donna Mason, and brother William "Billy" Wright.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Fleta, of the home; sister Jean (Roger) Heckman, Ozawkie, Kan.; brother Raymond (Delores) Wright, Phoenix, Ariz., sons Larry (Sue) Wright, Branson, Mo., Garry (Fran) Wright, Fair Oaks, Calif., and daughter Linda (Mike) Bolsenga, Trimble, Mo., as well as nine grandchildren: Tracy Wright, Tammy Wright Frick, Marissa Bolsenga Cowan, Justin Bolsenga, Chris Wright, Jon Wright, Eric Wright, Sonny Wright and Ryne Bolsenga; nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

He was a beloved father, grandfather and friend. He will be greatly missed by all.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the American Heart Association (www.heart.org) under "Lawrence Russell Wright Memorial." Russell was a hero by donating his body to science. Cremation will follow at a later date; his ashes will be interred in the family plot in Uniontown. Burial details will be listed in the death notices of the paper in February.