WISCONSIN RAPIDS, Wis. - Robert “Bob” C. Wright, 75, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on Sept. 7, 2019.
Services will be at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12 at the United Methodist Church in Wisconsin Rapids with Pastor Joshua Pegram officiating. Burial will be at Fordham Cemetery in Friendship, Wis. at a later date. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the church.
Bob was born Aug. 23, 1944 in Elgin to Del and Elva (Miller) Wright. He married Marcia Rosenkrans on June 17, 1972 in Paw Paw.
Survivors include his wife; five children, Stacey (Brad) Russell, Trent (Lisa) Wright, Todd (Abbey) Wright, Chris (Ashley) Wright and Jamie (Clark Johnson, fiancé); eight grandchildren, Marinah Russell, Cody Russell, Layton Wright, Ian Wright, Kayden Wright, Evan Wright, Ben Wright and Maggie Wright; four siblings, Janice McCallum, Mary Jane Marquis, Judy (Jim) Seegert and Bill (Barbara) Wright.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Harlan and Mary Lee Rosenkrans.
After graduating from Northern Illinois University with a degree in marketing in 1968, Bob was drafted into the U.S. Army. While stationed in Saigon, Vietnam as a personnel clerk, he attained the rank of sergeant. When he returned to the U.S., he was honorably discharged and accepted a position with Woolco Department Store and worked in DeKalb; Toledo, Ohio; and Hamilton, Ohio. After working in retail for several years, including time as an assistant manager for a True Value Hardware store in Centralia, Bob and Marcia decided to try working for themselves. Combining work and fun, they purchased Greenway Campers in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. in 1978. Ten years later, they sold Greenway Campers to create their own business from the bottom up, Wrights Cap and Camp. They owned and operated Wrights Cap and Camp until 2006. After selling their business, Bob semi-retired to manage their rental properties, drive a railroad taxi, and spend time fishing with his family. When he was not working on his businesses, he also found time to serve as a trustee for the United Methodist Church and was a Boy Scout leader for several years in Wisconsin Rapids.
Memorials may be directed to the High Ground War Memorial in Neillsville, Wis.