Sgt. John Taylor Wright

Sgt. John Taylor Wright, 59 of Excelsior Springs, passed away Wednesday, May 16, 2007 at Liberty Hospital.

He was born Sept. 7, 1947 in Galt, the son of Victor Kenneth and Emily Schooler Wright. He was married to his wife, Vicki Greenway Wright on June 18, 1967; she survives, of the home.

He had been a Sergeant with the Clay County Sheriff Department for over 30 years. He began a fishing program for children called Operation Small Fry in 1995. He loved to share his love of fishing and all things outdoors to children who may not have the opportunity to learn to fish. John graduated from Maple Woods College where he received an Associates Degree, State Highway Patrol Academy and several additional Law Enforcement Academies. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Eastern Star and past member of the VFW. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1967.

Besides his wife, he is survived by: his mother, Emily Wright; brother, Richard Wright of Pleasant Valley; his sister, Linda LaSala of Excelsior Springs; two sons and daughters in law, Robert Victor and Jeanne’ Wright, and Russell Scott and Cathy Wright of Excelsior Springs; by six grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers the family is asking that donations be made to Operation Small Fry. Donations can be sent to the Clay County Sheriff’s Department/Small Fry Attn: Melissa Reno 12 S. Water Liberty, Mo. 64068.

Visitation will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2007, at Pleasant Valley Baptist

Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 22, at 10:30 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Baptist Church.

Burial will be at Crown Hill Masonic Cemetery.

Arrangements are under the direction of Polley Funeral Home in Excelsior Springs.

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