Charles Dean Wright

September 12, 1947 ‒ February 23, 2014

Mount Gilead, Ohio

Charles Dean Wright, age 66, of Mount Gilead, passed away on Sunday evening, February 23, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at the OSU Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

A lifelong resident of Morrow County, Charles was born on September 12, 1947, to the late Harold Brown and Bertha “Marie” (Zeger) Wright. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Donald and William Wright.

He married Oreda Darnell Harris on April 13, 1969, in North Woodbury. They shared nearly 45 years of marriage together, and she lives in Mount Gilead.

Also left to cherish his memory are his children, Deana (Robert) Phelps of Shelby, Angela Wright of Canton and Lon Wright of Mount Gilead; his three grandchildren, Kristen, Ethan and LJay; his two surviving brothers, Stanley and Junior Wright of Mount Gilead; and many nieces and nephews.

The youngest of five sons, Charles was affectionately referred to as “Babe” by his close family members. He attended Northmor High School and had worked for 27 years as an auto body technician for Matthew Ford in Mount Gilead, Ron Viets Chevrolet and D&B Auto Body in Fredericktown. He also worked for the Johnsville Mill and Hinkle Builders.

He was a “jack of all trades” and could do just about anything. Charles was a very resourceful person, having the ability to take nothing and turning it into something beautiful. In 1980, he and his wife purchased and renovated a one-room schoolhouse using a hammer borrowed from his father-in-law. More than 30 years later, the family home still stands as a symbol of the love he had for his wife and three children.

Charles had a lifelong passion for farming. When he wasn’t working on cars, or spending time with his family, he could be found working in the fields, growing crops or baling hay and tending to cattle. Following his father’s death in 1962, he took up farming for his mother until her death in1989. Charles continued farming with his brother, Stanley, until he became ill in recent years.

There was only one thing more important to Charles than farming – his family. He loved to be surrounded by his family. Birthdays, anniversaries and special family occasions were his favorite times. He had a keen interest in genealogy and enjoyed studying and sharing the Wright family history with anyone who asked. He enjoyed meeting new people and could start up a conversation with a stranger.

When Charles wasn’t working, he could be found outdoors sitting on the front porch of his family home, talking with his friends, family and neighbors and enjoying the company of his beloved pets. He also loved working in his garden and sharing the fruits of his labor.

Charles was not only a physically strong man, he also had a big heart. He was kind and generous and would do anything for anyone, expecting nothing in return. He will always be remembered as a hard worker, dedicated to taking care of and providing for his wife and children. He will be dearly missed.

Friends may gather to visit with Charles’s family on Thursday, February 27, 2014, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 North Main St., Mount Gilead from 10 a.m. to noon. Funeral services will immediately follow at 12Noon with Pastor Jeremy Wachtel officiating. Burial will be in the Rivercliff Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to the Morrow County Humane Society.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Charles’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them by visiting