John W. Wright
Age 70, of Vandalia, passed away Tuesday, June 18, 2019, at his home surrounded by his wife and children. John was born May 12, 1949 in Ilion, New York, to the late Leonard H. and Vivian (Pat) K. Caygill Wright.
John graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, New York and Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His time at Miami was incredibly special to him as he made lasting friendships and memories as well as met the woman who would become his wife. His love and pride for Miami never ceased, going back year after year to attend football and hockey games with those very people he met and formed lasting friendships with during his time at Miami as well as visiting his daughter while she attended. After college, John worked to become one of the country’s foremost stamp experts traveling around the country dealing in rare stamps and covers. He collected not only stamps & covers, but also a variety of collectibles throughout his life. Besides his passion for historical pieces and the stories they told, he loved his family, his friends, music, golf, Troy Country Club, and fishing. He was a member of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, the Irish Club, the American Legion, and a variety of Philatelic organizations connected with his work.
John is survived by his wife of 43 years, Vicki Wright; sister, Peggy Whipple of Plattsburgh, New York; son, Bryan Wright; daughter, Kendall (Wright) Stanley (Adam Stanley); three grandchildren, Gavin Wright, Lucas Stanley, & Vivian Stanley; and by his extended family and many good friends.
The family will host a Celebration of John’s life with friends and family from 11:00 am -1:00 p.m., Saturday, July 6, 2019 at the Vandalia United Methodist Church, 200 S. Dixie Dr, Vandalia with Chaplain Rhonda Alderman officiating. There will be a short service immediately following at 1:00 p.m., followed by the committal service and inurnment at Poplar Hill Cemetery, Vandalia.
If friends and family desire, contributions may be made in memory of John either to The Hospice of Dayton or another charity of choice. Arrangements entrusted to Morton & Whetstone Funeral Home, Vandalia.