Donald R. Wright
Donald R. Wright, 91, of Lewisburg, formerly of Elimsport, passed away at his home on Friday, May 13, 2016, with his loving wife by his side. Donald was the husband of Aletha M. Bower, his high school sweetheart, with whom he shared 71 years of marriage.
He was born July 28, 1924, in Warrensville, a son of the late Frank and Esther Weiman Wright.
Donald graduated from Montoursville Area High School in 1943. A natural athlete, he was a standout on the school's baseball team and was timed in the 100 yard dash at under 10 seconds. In recent years, he and Aletha enjoyed attending breakfasts with his high school classmates.
Donald proudly served his country during World War II, enlisting in the Navy in December 1943. After completing his initial training at Great Lakes Naval Station, he was stationed at various bases on the East Coast, including Groton, Conn., Virginia Beach, Va., Memphis, Tenn., Jacksonville, Fla., and Key West, Fla. In 1945, he was deployed to the South Pacific, where he served on various aircraft carriers as a radioman and gunner, flying in TBM-1 Avenger fighter planes. One carrier on which he served was the USS Yorktown.
After the war, Donald became a dairy farmer and a mechanic, working at Avco Lycoming for 22 years.
Donald was a member of the American Legion Post 0945 and a member of the Watsontown Masonic Lodge 401 FAM.
A man of many talents, he played bass guitar in the family band "The Playwrights" and restored and upholstered furniture. Over the years, he developed a love for boating and the Thousand Islands region of the St. Lawrence River, where he and his wife often vacationed with various family members. They enjoyed frequent family picnics at various local parks. While growing up, he enjoyed hunting with his father and relatives and developed a love for baseball and running. A life-long sports enthusiast, he was an avid Phillies fan, a devoted spectator at his grandkids' sporting events, and a co-coach of a grandson's Little League team.
Donald is survived by his wife Aletha; four sons, Donald L. and wife Darla Wright, of Muncy, David L. and wife Melody Wright, of Littleton, Colo., Dennis R. and wife Sharon Wright, of Muncy, Drew W. and wife Christianne Wright, of Winfield; one daughter, Darlene S. and husband Charles Volchansky, of Winfield; two sisters, Helen Eck, of Warrensville, and Alice Billman, of Springhill, Fla.; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one sister, Marguerite Duty.
Donald was a devoted husband, loving father, and beloved grandfather and great-grandfather, who will be greatly missed by his wife and family.
Family and friends may visit from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville, followed by funeral services at 2 p.m. Chaplain Robert D. Barner will officiate the service.
Burial will follow in the Montoursville Cemetery.
Arrangements are by the Spitler Funeral Home, 733 Broad St., Montoursville.
Published on May 15, 2016


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