JEFFERSON — Marvin “Haven’t had a bad day yet” Wright, age 81, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at his home, with his daughters by his side.
Born Nov. 26, 1930, in Meadville, Pa., he was the son of Charles and Mary (Chambers) Wright and the youngest of seven children. He grew up on a farm and “walked to school, uphill both ways, against the wind.” He served in the Army during the Korean War as an Army cook. He married Joan Jensen while on leave March 10, 1951 and they had been married 51 years when she passed in September of 2002.
A resident of Plymouth Township for 53 years, he owned and operated his own business, Ashtabula Body and Fender with his business partner Tom Miller, whom he considered a son, and their loyal employee and friend, Rickster.
He will be fondly remembered by all who knew him for his love of jokes and art of storytelling. He enjoyed family camping and boating. The family has many wonderful memories of his homemade pontoon boat at Pymatuning Lake. Marvin’s favorite pastimes were his unconventional auctioneering and fishing with family and friends, Jim the Barber, Dave, Gary, Skeeter, Justin, Rich, Tom and Bob.
He was a 43-year member of Plymouth United Methodist Church where he held many positions. He was a lay leader and never missed an opportunity to give a sermon. He preached in campgrounds around Ohio and Pennsylvania. His legacy would be he wished everyone would come to know Jesus.
Survivors include two daughters, Susan (Larry) Smith of Austinburg and Judy (Kevin) Meier of Kingsville; eight grandchildren, Brian and Russell (Joelle) Smith, Gary, Kelly and Eric Meier, Sally (Max) and Laura Wright, and Kasha Woodring; two great-grandchildren, Javian and Joshua; three sisters, Ruth Jankowski of Florida and Mary Owens and Florence Dillaman, both of Meadville, Pa.; and many nieces and nephews.