Wright – Andrew (Andy) James Wright, age 74, passed away Tuesday, February 23, 2021 from complications due to lung cancer. He was preceded in death by his parents Paul and Barbara B. Wright; in-laws Joseph and Marjorie Vroman; aunt Audrey Wright; brother-in-law Ted Russell. Andy is survived by his wife of 46 years, Barbara (Barb) Wright; sons James Wright and William (Jennifer) Wright; sister Susan (Michelle Kopcha) Wright; sisters-in-law Patricia (Bob) Young, Susan (Dudley Mills) Kruger, Karen Russell; brother-in-law Phillip (Pauline) Vroman. Andy graduated from Creston High School in 1964 and Olivet College in 1968. He proudly served in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant, and was a school psychologist for Newaygo County ISD for over 28 years. He was a member of the Skyhawk Skydivers, where he befriended his future father-in-law and first met his wife Barb. He shared a love for art with his son James and was an accomplished amateur photographer and long-time member of the Grand Rapids Color Slide Club. He was also known for his love of camping and nature, serving as a scoutmaster for BSA Troop 367 for many years and sharing camping adventures with his son William. He was well known for his specialty: campfire pineapple upside down cake. After retiring from the public school system, Andy traveled extensively with his wife and family, visiting over 20 countries, five continents, and both hemispheres. A memorial celebration of Andy’s life will take place in the spring of 2022. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to WYCE or Bliss Fest to honor Andy’s love of independent music and local musicians. To share a photo, memory, and to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.stegengafuneralchapel.com.
Barb and family,
I am sorry to hear about Andy. I have many fond memories of him, from Friday pizza at Angela’s to our psyche meetings. May you be surrounded with comfort and peace.
- Carmen Baldus
We have so many fond memories of working with Andy. So very sorry for your loss.
- Kathy & Ron Jenkins
Barb and family,
We just saw this and are so sorry. Andy was such a great person. Our memories of our euchre games are special. We enjoyed seeing the pictures on-line of your travels.
Craig and Jonell Williams
- Craig and Jonell Williams
I was blessed to have met Andy ahd converse with him a few times.¬† He will be missed and this world will suffer a great loss.¬† Thank you Andy for spending time with me and may eternity bless you in every way Sir
- thomas wayne purcell
We will miss you dear friend
John and Anita
- john Winters
I went to Creston ¬†High School with Andy. He was a fine person. He worked hard on the school directory for the class of 1964.
Sue (DeFouw) Hawkins.
- Sue DeFouw Hawkins
This is certainly news I did not want to hear.¬† I always enjoyed talking to Andyat thee reunions and helping planthe first few with him. We also liked to terrorize Mrs. Rens in Latin class. Miss you buddy.
- Bruce warber
Condolences and Prayers for you and your family. You will be missed.¬†
- Boss Jim
Barb & Family:
So sorry and sadden to hear about Andy’s passing.¬† Besides being a very nice guy, Sheila said she & Mike ( RIP )¬† had a lot of fun working with Andy at the ISD in Fremont.¬† And they always knew there would be donuts from the bakery in Bailey on Friday morning after Andy arrived to work ! Our prayers are with you all.¬† May God bless you during this difficult time.
Sheila & Jim VanDenBerghe
- Jim & Sheila VanDenBerghe
Prayers for Andy and his family, and condolences for Andy’s family and friends. My wife and I have many good memories of Andy (and Dave Schlachter) running the BSA Troop 367 when our son was a scout, including the scout meetings, monthly camping trips, and the week long summer camp. Andy was a very good scoutmaster and influenced a lot of young men.
- Rachel and Jerry Kochanski
I am so sorry to read of Andy’s passing.¬† He was a wonderful man.¬† I sat next to him in band at Riverside Junior high.¬† My husband and I enjoyed talking to him at the Creston dinners.¬† He will be missed.
- Cheryl English
Very sorry to hear we lost Andy. We had many fun dinners with him and his wife as well as working with him on reunions. Pam and Milton Tignor
- Pam Tignor
So sad to hear of Andy‚Äôs passing. We were classmates at Creston High School class of 1964. Enjoyed talking with him at class dinners and hearing of his travels to parts of the world. Our class enjoyed gathering for a dinner once a month before The COVID-19. It was December 2019 the last dinner we met to Honor another classmate who had passed soon after our 55 Class reunion.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family during this time of loss.
James and Kathryn Stover
- James A. Stover