Noel Wright

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Noel E. Wright, 93, of Smithton, IL, born September 7, 1923, in Robbs, IL, died Wednesday, August 16, 2017, at Freeburg Care Center, Freeburg, IL.

Mr. Wright worked as a bank auditor at Southern Illinois National Bank of East St. Louis for more than 40 years.  He was a United States Army Veteran and served in Normandy on D-Day, in Northern France, Central Europe and Rhineland. He was awarded four bronze stars for his participation in those campaigns. Noel was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

He was preceded in death by his wife of more than 50 years, Marietta, nee Ross, Wright; a daughter, Donna Wright Zakas; his father, Robert Wright; his mother, Elanora “Bessie”, nee Grant, Wright-Bullock; a son-in-law, Martin Scharf; and a brother-in-law, Joseph Crabb.

Surviving are his daughter, Kathy Scharf of Smithton, IL;
two grandchildren, Stephanie (Tim) Diekemper, and Stacy (Zach) Ries;
three great-grandchildren, Zachary and Aaron Diekemper, Beau Ries; and Baby Girl Ries, due in October;
and a sister, Ethel Crabb of Grantsburg, IL.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Catholic School, Smithton, IL. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Funeral:  Private graveside services will be held.


1 Comment on Noel Wright

Cathy Mueller said : Guest Report Aug 19, 2017 at 9:09 PM

Dear Kathy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dad. How lucky he was to have you taking care of him! May he rest in peace.

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