David John (Dave) Wright passed away peacefully at Goshen Hospital on Aug. 16, 2020, after a brief illness.
He was born in Warsaw, on Jan. 30, 1942, to Ray and Vernice (Unowicz) Wright.
After graduating from North Webster High School in 1960, where he was a proud member of the varsity basketball team, he entered Purdue University to prepare for his dream of becoming an optometrist. However, when his father became very ill, his future changed and he returned home to run the family farm. When the farm ultimately sold, Dave and a friend managed a garbage pick- up service and dubbed themselves the “garbiologists.” He also worked at Ligonier Rubber, RV manufacturing, Sroufe Manufacturing and G & S Products in Ligonier, from where he retired in 2008.
Dave was an avid outdoorsman and sportsman. He loved hunting, fishing, canoeing, snowmobiling and especially enjoyed Canadian fishing trips with his friends. Watching college basketball and golf were favorite pastimes.
He and Janice Marie Auer were married on Jan. 15, 1972, and have lived in Syracuse ever since, while spending their winters in Lake Placid, Florida since retirement.
Dave was known as “Farley J. Rookstool, Jr., III”, “Farley” or just “Farls” to his close friends and family.
For 6 years, he served in the Army National Guard, and was honorably discharged in 1971. He was a member of American Legion Post 223 in Syracuse, The Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, as well as the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 3760 in Syracuse, where he met with friends every week. In his younger years, he was member of the Stone Trace Regulators.
Along with his wife of nearly 49 years, he is survived by countless friends and a few cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents.
Private graveside services will be held. Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse is in charge of arrangements.
Memorials to Eagles Aerie 3760, 12889 N Kern Rd, Syracuse, IN 46567 or donors choice