Jesse A. Wright was born in Osceola, New York on January 27, 1920, and went to be with the Lord on July 24, 2014. Mr. Wright lived in Camden, New York for most of his life, moving to Littleton, Colorado 9 years ago to be closer to his family. He and his wife of 73 years were recently recognized as the longest married couple in Colorado.
Jesse graduated from Camden High School in 1938. On August 2, 1940, he married Muriel Hubbard, his high school sweetheart, with the ceremony being performed by the Reverend B. A. Walton. The couple moved to Johnson City, New York where he was employed by IBM until his enlistment in the Army Air Corps in March 1944. After completing Gunnery School at Kingman Air Base, he was assigned as a tail gunner on a B-17 and sent to Europe where he was stationed at The Great Ash Field in England. Upon his return to the United States, he was chosen to serve as Honor Guard for General James Doolittle at a Flag Dedication in Louisville, KY.
After the war, he was employed by the US Postal Service as a Rural Letter Carrier in Camden, New York and worked for 32 years before retiring in 1977. In 1953, he was licensed by the Utica Presbytery as a Lay Pastor and preached in many area churches. From 1977-1981, he pastored the Amboy Center Methodist Church and worked as part of the prison ministry at Oneida County Correctional Institution. A sixty year member of The United Presbyterian Church in Camden, Mr. Wright served as Elder, Clerk of Session and was a delegate to the Presbyterian General Assembly in 1960.
Jesse was a charter member of the Lt. Victor Giles Veterans of Foreign Wars; life member of Disabled American Veterans; Past Master and Secretary of Philanthropic Lodge #164, F & AM; member of the Darius Chapter, Past Patron of Camden Chapter Order of Eastern Stars and Past District Grand Lecturer of the Lewis-Oneida District Order of Eastern Stars.
After he retired, he created several beautiful oil paintings. Jesse enjoyed playing golf and was a longtime member of McConnellsville Golf Club. He was active in youth baseball as a manager in Little League and an organizer and first president of the Camden Babe Ruth League. He was also an avid RVer who traveled extensively throughout the US, with many trips to visit his son Michael and family in Southern California.
Jesse is survived by his loving wife Muriel; son Michael (Mary) of Highlands Ranch, CO; grandson Jeffrey (Kristin) of Highlands Ranch, CO; grandson Christopher (Kristina) of Centennial, CO; and five great grandchildren.
A memorial service was held at South Suburban Christian Church in Littleton, Colorado on July 30, 2014. A memorial service will be held in Osceola, New York on Sunday, September 7th, 2014 at 2:00PM at Old Lard’s Bed and Breakfast at 1075 Comins Rd.
The family suggests that memorial donations in Jesse’s name be made to the following: The Denver Hospice (501 S. Cherry St, Suite 700, Denver, Co 80246), The Denver Dumb Friends League (2080 S. Quebec St, Denver, Co 80231), or South Suburban Christian Church (7275 S. Broadway, Littleton, Colorado).