Donald Junior Wright

REED CITY — Donald Junior Wright, 90, of Reed City, died peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, Sept. 6, 2014. In heaven, we are sure he was joyfully reunited with the love of his life, his wife, Alice, who passed away in 2003.

Donald is survived by his three children: two daughters, Sharla (John) Davidson and Jackie (Bob) Fallat; and one son, Don (Karen) Wright. Donald is also survived by four grandchildren, Wade Fallat, Tara Fallat (Mike Millar), John (Kris) Davidson and Laura (Greg) Brauner; and two great-grandchildren, Calvin and Lyle Davidson; and one great-granddaughter, Ruby Brauner, soon to make her appearance. Donald is also survived by his sister, Alberta, of Bradenton, Fla.; and brother, Martin, of Cave City, Ark.

Donald attended Big Rapids High School, where he played tackle on the football team. He left high school early to join the U.S. Navy and served in World War II. Donald later graduated BRHS and attended classes at Ferris Institute on the GI Bill. It was while he was in the Navy that he met the beautiful Alice Medenwaldt, who would become his wife and business partner for the next 60 years. They truly also were life partners and showed their children unconditional love and support.

Donald was the son of Robert and Bessie Wright, and had two sisters, Miriam and Alberta; and three brothers, Nelmer, Charles and Martin. Robert Wright was an accomplished baker and taught all of his sons how to bake. Donald’s older brother, Charles Wright, owned Wright’s Bakery in Big Rapids, and with his brother Charles’ help in 1955, Donald and Alice purchased the bakery in Reed City from Walter Morat. Donald was an excellent baker and was a master certified cake decorator who enjoyed his craft. He did not enjoy the early hours or long days, but was forever grateful to his brother for having faith in him and his ability.

Donald and Alice were in business for 30 years, and as a businessman he participated in the many community holiday events. Donald was the chairman for the Memorial Day parade for many years.

Donald was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and for many years was on the governing Church Board. He served as a member of several committees, including the Building and Finance Committee. He also served as an elder and greeter. He and Alice had great fun as members of the “Young at Heart” group at Trinity, taking part in plays and singing in the choir. Donald had a wonderful tenor voice and enjoyed singing. His church life and church family were very important to him and he loved them both.

Individuals from the community, former employees, long-time friends and new acquaintances, of all ages, often express how Donald esteemed them and showed how valued they were by him. Donald loved people.

Donald’s family would like to thank the caring staff at Spectrum Health RNC for their care of Donald during his two-and-a-half year stay. The family would like to give special thanks to Jamie, Nicole and Ellen Finkbeiner, and Bill, from Hospice of Michigan, and all the staff from Spectrum RNC for their wonderful care of our father. We also thank the Hospice of Michigan team who cared for father’s health and preparation for the future.

In honor of Donald, please consider a donation to the Trinity Lutheran Church School Building Fund or to Hospice of Michigan. Donation envelopes are available at Pruitt Livingston Funeral Home.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Pruitt Livingston Funeral Home. Celebration of life will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 19778 U.S. 10, Reed City, at noon on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2014, with Pastor Robert Baerwolf officiating. A luncheon will follow at 2 p.m. at the Reed City Depot, located in downtown Reed City.