James O. Wright, 63, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2012, at his home near Bickleton.

James was born Feb. 14, 1949 to Robert and Kathryn (Burns) Wright in Pendleton, Ore. James received his education in Pilot Rock, Ore. before attending Blue Mountain Community College.

In February of 1968, James joined the U.S. Navy, where he served on the ASS Aludra, the USS Neches and the USS Kansas City as a radio mechanic until being discharged from his duty in December of 1971.

On June 22, 1974 he married Susan Read in Glenwood.

James worked in the farming industry at various locations including working for his uncle Albert in Heppner, Ore., Glen Campbell in Hermiston, Ore., Dave Childs in Arlington, Ore., Linden Farms and Spring Creek Farm both in Goldendale, Sundale Orchards and for Jim Beeks, both of Roosevelt. For the past 21 years James was employed as a Supervisor for Allied Waste in Roosevelt.

James enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting, camping, playing with his granddaughters, teasing family, friends and co-workers.

Jim worked very hard but loved to have fun. He was a volunteer EMT and firefighter for the Roosevelt and Bickleton fire departments for more than 20 years. He was also Master of the White Creek Grange for several years and was also a member of the Sundale Bowling Team.

James is survived by his loving wife, Susan Wright; his sons, Shane (Laura) Wright of Ogden, Utah, Joshua (Heather) Wright of Pasco and Kevin Wright of Roseburg, Ore.; four granddaughters, Katie, Alexis, Lilly and Destiny; father, Robert N. Wright; and brothers, Gary (Norma) Wright of Cinebar and Robert Wright of Hermiston, Ore.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Kathryn Wright; and brother, Mike Wright. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, that memorials in James memory be made to Bickleton Fire Department, KVH Hospice or to a charity of your choice.

Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 30, 2012, at 11 a.m. at Bickleton School, with lunch to follow at Bickleton/Cleveland Picnic grounds. Salads or desserts are welcome if you desire.

Those wishing to sign James on-line memorial book may do so at

Smith Funeral Homes LTD and Crematory in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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