Richard Kenneth Wright

February 07, 1940 ‒ March 31, 2020

Westerville, Ohio

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Richard Kenneth Wright, age 80, of Westerville, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Born February 7, 1940 in Zanesville, Ohio to Kenneth E. and Edith Marie (Trout) Wright. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a Boy Scout and was a member of the National Honor Society at Zanesville High School. After graduation from The Ohio State University, he worked 33 years at Western Electric/AT & T and never able to sit still, he then went on to work 11 years with Cardinal Health.

Rich loved sports, especially the Buckeyes and attending OSU football games with his son.  He was a member of the Westerville Community Center where he made many special friends. He enjoyed working in the yard, air shows and walking…lots of walking.

He loved spending time with his family and attended many sporting, musical and theater events for and with them. He will be remembered as a loving and caring father who enjoyed sharing his knowledge and wisdom and helping others when possible.

Rich was preceded in death by his parents, wives, Sandra K. (Bowers) and Judith A. (Owen) Wright; sister, Marilyn Fischer (Ernest).

Survived by children, Kenny Wright, Debbie Wright, both of Westerville, Kim Kolens (Bill) of Brecksville, OH and Michelle DeWitt (Jym) of Cardington, OH; grandchildren, Tim Wright (Amie), Amber Wright, Ashley Castle (Greg), Zachery Wright, Lynsey Wilson (Nathan), Joshua DeWitt and Madysyn DeWitt; great-grandchildren, Lexi, Aiden, Grayson and Westyn; nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic family service and interment will be private.  Guests are invited to “attend” virtually via live stream on Facebook at 11 am on Monday, April 6, 2020.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Mt. Carmel Hospice or the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Rick’s memory.

The DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Wright family.  Please visit to share a memory or condolence with the family.

  • Rick was a very special friend to me. We met at the Westerville community center back in 2015. He was like a celebrity in our class! LOL Everyone loved his infectious smile and caring demeanor. Over the years, we developed a special relationship that I will forever cherish. I’ll miss his pep talks and words of wisdom. I’ll miss our dinners out on Wednesday and our trips to see shows. I’ll miss everything about my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this very difficult time.

  • I’ve been friends of Kim for many years. Kim always had a smile on her face when speaking about her Dad. They were Tribe fans and attended many, many games together. I think it’s wonderful that they could share those experiences.

  • Rick was the sweetest person. I met Rick at the Westerville Rec Center, we attended the same exercise class on Sunday afternoons. Rick was always helping everyone set up for the workout. He would often tease me if I had not attended class in a while. He always had a smile on his face and ready to carry on a conversation. Rick also became a patient of mine at Mount Carmel St. Ann’s. He will be missed by so many.

  • Rick emanated positivity!! He was a joy to work with at 6200 E Broad St. God speed!!

  • Rick was my nephew-but also a special friend to me. We used to go to Milano’s for Lasagna on Thursday nights -then started going to Watts and then to The Ole Mill for ice cream after dinner.Not sure which he liked best. Also loved Watts cookies-maybe a couple packages of 12 which he ate the next day. Lots of good conversations. I miss miss him so much.

  • Rick was a very special, kind, witty and caring friend. He had a warmth about him that
    endeared him to all. I met Rick at the Westerville Community Center and he was my “workout buddy” for many years. I will miss him terribly and our classes will not be the same without him. I am sure we will continue the tradition of playing The Ohio State fight song every Friday in his honor.

  • So sorry for your loss! Prayers and we are sending our deepest sympathies. Andy and Gina Wright

  • So sorry for your loss Kenny. I know that you and your father had a special bond. Prayers to you and your family in this difficult time.

  • Kim and Michelle — The best to you and your families as you go through this time.
    Both your Mom and Dad are remembered from way back in the days at Denny’s.
    I will say a prayer for all of you.

  • Dear Rick, my friend and one of my VERY favorite participants of my fitness classes for years!

    We all loved you…your energy, your smile, your mischievious comments and ways you brought the class to a laughter, your love for OSU which we honored every Friday by wearing our OSU shirts and playing the OSU Fight Song…..and many more memories! We will continue that tradition in honor of you!

    You had a fan club of, especially ladies, who will miss you so!

    God Bless your family during this sorrowful time but your Dad was so loved and admired by so many…God’s Blessings during his sad time.

    I am honored to have had the opportunity to be part of his fitness life which was so important to him and am so thankful for that!

  • I am truly sorry for your loss. Rick was a special man and could not have asked for a better support system for Rebecca and Brooklyn. He will always be Uncle Rick to Brooklyn and I will miss talking Buckeyes with him over dinner. He will truly be missed.

  • My condolences and prayers to the Wright families. Rick was a great next door neighbor to my family and was always willing to help out during the winter (ice breaking). I will miss hearing him mowing his lawn in the summer and blowing leaves in the fall. God has gained a wonderful angel.

  • We are so very saddened to hear about the devastating loss of your dad Kenny. Our hearts, thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Your dad always had a smile, a handshake, a hug, a positive attitude, and sense of humor that was infectious and lifted your spirits whenever he was in your presence. We will always remember the kind soul he was. The Ohio State tailgating & games were epic! We will forever think of him & you together when we hear “GO BUCKS”!!

  • Tim, Amie and Lexi,
    We are so sorry for the loss of your grandfather, Richard. In the short few years we were able to enjoy his company we got to know him as a sweet and gentle man. He always greeted you with a smile and a hug. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the Wright family.

    Linda and Mark Pugh

  • Kim and Kenny
    Over thirty five years of providing financial advice to hundreds of folks, Rick was a special one. We always reviewed “his statement” (kept in a notebook) to our statement. Amazingly, they always matched too, which I was always grateful. We would then move on to the “important stuff”. Buckeyes, Browns, Indians and making fun of the Democratic Party. We also shared a keen interest in World War Two. One of my most cherished possessions is the picture Rick had framed for my retirement gift from him of Doolittles B25 taking off from the USS Hornet for the Tokyo raid. We shared a passion for the big band music of that era. Rick was a great friend and I will miss him always. I know you are the people you are because of him. Like he always said “Go Bucks”