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Royce J. Wright

November 4, 1926 ~ May 4, 2018 (age 91)

Royce J. Wright, age 91, a resident of rural Portland, passed away on Friday, May 4, 2018 at IU Health Jay in Portland. 

     Royce was born on November 4, 1926, in Jay County the son of Walter and Virgie (Champ) Wright.  He graduated from Bryant High School.  Royce was a farmer and owned/operated RJ Wright and Sons Lime and Fertilizer.  He served as a Jay County Councilman for several years and was President for Jay County Farmers Union.  He was a member of the Noble Congregational Christian Church.  Royce married Maryellen Mitchell on May 13, 1950 and she passed away on January 28, 2018. 

Survivors include:

2 Sons: Jay Wright (wife Sandy) – Reed City, Michigan

             Greg Wright (wife Tammy) – Portland, Indiana


5 Grandchildren: Chandra Chapman (husband Rhett) – Germantown, Ohio

                            Roxie Barron (husband Ronnie) – Goshen, Indiana

                            Michael Wright (wife Jessica) – Bremen, Indiana

                            Megan Foster (husband Doug) – Reed City, Michigan

                            Zach Wright (wife Candy) Celina, Ohio

8 Great Grandchildren:

Mallory Hayes (husband Chuck) – Surprise, Arizona

Troy Chapman

Caleb and Isabella Barron

Dylan and Macy Foster

Austin and Logan Wright


2 Step Grandchildren:

Matt Billington (wife Jennifer) – Portland, Indiana

Mischele Denniston (husband Jason) Columbia City, Indiana


6 Step Great Grandchildren:

Kayla Thomas, Gavin and Caden Billington

Luke, Isaac and Cali Denniston

     Visitation will be held on Friday from 4-7 p.m. at Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland. 

     Funeral services will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Williamson and Spencer Funeral Home in Portland.  Pastor Larry Eads and Aaron Huey will officiate.  Burial will follow in the IOOF Twin Hill Cemetery in Pennville. 

     Memorials may be directed towards Noble Congregational Christian Church or Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. 

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