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Norman Wright

GREENVILLE, Ill. — Norman C. Wright, age 88, of Greenville, Ill., formerly of Aitkin, died Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, at the Helia Healthcare Center in Greenville, Ill.

Norman was born July 13, 1923, at Aitkin, Minn., the son of Claude and Averil (Shisler) Wright. He grew up and attended schools in Aitkin graduating from the Aitkin High School. He worked on the family’s turkey farm for a time. He married Dorothy Marie Monse on Dec. 26, 1949, at Aitkin, Minn. They purchased their own farm and raised turkeys and also dairy cattle. They eventually phased out of the turkeys and continued with the dairy cattle. In 1981 Norman started Wrights Quality Fruit and Produce and operated that until 2005. He was a member of the Farm Bureau and had served on the board of directors at the local and state levels. He also had served on the Land O’ Lakes Board, the Aitkin Township Board and the Flood Diversion Board. He was very active in the Republican Party and had been a member of the Brainerd Toastmasters Club.

He is survived by three daughters, Carolyn (Russell) Kingsley of Palisade, Barb (Harvey) Whipps of Aitkin, Theresa (Bob) Tautges of St. Mathias, Minn.; sons Greg Wright of Carlyle, Ill., Quentin (Kristy) Wright of Blair, Neb.; grandchildren Uriah, Olivia, Matt, Josh, Jacob, Manny, Alanna, Lorin, Maggie, Caleb, Katie, Shelby, Dylan, Peyton, and Deanna; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Dorothy in 2010, son Steven, three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial service will be held Friday, Oct. 7, 2011 at 2 p.m. at the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home in Aitkin with Rev. Charles Carlson officiating. Interment will be in the St. Thomas Cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services at the funeral home on Friday. 

Arrangements are with the Sorensen-Root-Thompson Funeral Home.