Archie Dale Wright

Born: Tue., Jul. 3, 1928
Died: Thu., Mar. 24, 2016


7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Fri., Apr. 01, 2016
2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Sat., Apr. 02, 2016
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

Memorial Service

4:30 PM Sat., Apr. 02, 2016
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Once a Marine, always a Marine...

After an arduous year of fighting ills and adversities, we lost our friend and father, Archie D. Wright.

Arch came into this world as the seventh of eight children July 3, 1928 in Spring Creek, Pennsylvania, son of Jennie Bell Patterson Wright and Muro Leslie Wright. He grew up on a dairy farm, walked to a one-room school house for the lower grades, then rode a twenty-six mile school bus trip each way during high school. He graduated from Titusville H.S. In 1946.

He worked at General Electric Co. until being called to serve in the Marine Corps. He later worked as a group at Electric Materials Co., retiring at the wonderfully young age of 58.

Arch was a great hunter, whether is was deer, turkey, rabbit or pheasant. But he found the most joy in fishing. And he fished A LOT. His dreams as a boy were to own his own boat and fish whenever he wanted. His dreams came true. He had a high reputation for his fishing abilities. His boat, the Christie Belle, logged many nautical miles on his quest for Perch, Walleye, Bass and Coho.

Archie had a good life. He had a wife who kept him in line, children who loved him, grandchildren who adored him, friends and neighbors who held him dear.

He married Crystal Wood September 16, 1949 (a strong marriage from the start, lasting 64 beautiful, faithful years). Crystal joined him while he served in the Marines, and they found an apartment in the town near base. Upon returning home, they built their house (Arch did most of it himself), bought the vineyard from Crystal's parents, and raised 2 children with great patience and unspoken sacrifice.

Arch led by example. What he gave of himself and his time was reciprocated tenfold by family, friends and neighbors in his later years. He was a faithful friend, quick with a laugh or a goofy smile, and retold corny jokes ad nauseum.

He lost his Crystal, a wonderful woman always, April 22, 2015; sisters Alzora Gray and husband Melvin, Norma Vanderhoof and husband Earl, Jean Grover and husband Don; brothers Glenn and wife Virginia, Allen and wife Rachel, Roy and wife Mary.

He will be loved forever by children Denise Wright Newman, of North East, and Keith Wright of Austin, TX; grandchildren (and he was so proud of each of them!) Jay Newman, Oriana, Madison and Jett Wright; Brother Warren Wright (Caroline) of Williston, FL; vast quantities of nieces, nephews and their offspring;terrific neighbors- Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Monoski, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Lichtenfeld, and Mr. and Mrs. Peter Hess and family.

Special thanks to the aids and nurses from Ketcham's Corner and Community Nurses of North East- you made his days so much brighter. Thanks also for the tender care given at Millcreek Community Hospital.

Speaking for all your friends and family, we say goodbye, Dad. You will always be in our hearts.  

Semper Fi!

Visitation will be held at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 S. Lake Street, North East on Friday, April 1st, 7-9pm, and Saturday, April 2nd,  2-5pm, with a memorial service at 4:30.

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Barbara Wood Gray
   Posted Wed March 30, 2016
RIP Uncle Arch. You and Crystal were a huge part of our growing up and you taught us so much. There are so many wonderful memories of you and Denise and Keith. I just wish we were not so far away these last few years and could have seen you guys more. Mom is still hanging in and I have kept her updated. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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