Wright Eulogy

In memory of
Everett Wright
October 18, 1907 – January 1, 2000

presented by
David W. Luhman
January 11, 2000

Born: October 18, 1907, Salem, Indiana
Died: January 1, 2000, 11:25 a.m.

Graduated:

  • Indiana Business College
  • Purdue University: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in agriculture

1939: Married Alice Ford, who survives, as do two daughters:

  • Diana Johnston, Manitowoc, WS
  • Carole Majorwicz, Seattle, WA

1942 to 1945: Lieutenant Commander in US Navy in the Pacific Theater

  • Visiting Iwo Jima monument years later with Ron King, he remarked "I was there..."
  • As officer, was in charge of setting up barrage balloons: lost hearing as result of Service Above Self

1946: Started Wright Flowers; Operated Until 1973

  • Became interested in flower business when wife worked in California flower shop while he in Pacific in WWII

Great Sports Fan

  • Track star at Salem High School
  • After retirement at age 70 won several medals at the Senior Games at Purdue
    • Brought them all to the flower shop to show them off
  • Great fan of Purdue football
    • Would leave shop as soon as game started
    • When Purdue behind, would call out favorite play to defense-. "FUMBLE-IZE'EM!"

Great Rotarian

  • President: 1958-1959
  • Always displayed the Four Way Test plaque behind the register at his shop

Exemplified Service Above Self

  • Served Federated Church as Deacon, Elder, Trustee and President of the Trustees
  • President of the Greater Lafayette chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons
  • Charter member and second commander of American Legion Post 492
  • Served the YMCA and was a co-founder and charter member of it's century Club
  • Long time member of the John Purdue Club

Member of PMO Club and long associated with the Purdue Glee Club

  • In early 50's (1952-53) began providing white carnation boutonni√®res for Glee Club performances
    • 2-3 shows per week, all over world
    • tradition continued by Ron King, his successor at the shop, whom he sponsored as Rotarian
    • Chicago, Washington D.C., Portland, Boston, England, Ireland, Hungary, Italy, Hawaii, Australia
      • In 1956, even Alaska: Frozen, but worn anyway
    • Carnations traditionally given to away after performance, always with a kiss
      • Many Glee Clubbers first met their future wives thanks to Ev's gracious gift
    • Ev's carnations exemplified his life of quiet service above self:
      • Unpretentious, but full of life
      • Always there when needed
      • Never artificial
      • Of greatest value when given away

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