Robert “Rob” Lynn Wright passed away at his home in Junction City, KS, on May 17, 2018.
Rob was the second child born to David and Ann (Miller) Wright on October 17, 1972 in St. Francis, KS. His older sister, Tina Ann (Elliott) was delighted to have a little brother and they shared a special bond.
On Rob’s second birthday, in 1974, he welcomed his cousin, Chad Miller. The two were like brothers, ornery and inseparable, celebrating many birthday’s together, and a bond that endured time.
Rob’s life, by most accounts, was not an easy one. His mother, Ann, was seriously injured in an automobile accident when Rob was four years old. Rob continued to be a doting son to his mother and would visit her as often as he could until her subsequent death in 2007.
Growing up, Rob spent much of his time with his grandmother’s, Jessie Wright and Elsie (Miller) Cook. They both spoiled and comforted him. He loved playing at Grandma Elsie’s farm with all the animals, and cousins, that would often come to visit.
Graduating from St. Francis High School in 1991, Rob was a gifted artist and would often be sketching or doodling, he briefly attended Colby Community College where it was his dream to become an art teacher. However, as is often the case, life gets in the way of your dreams, and it was necessary for Rob to quit school and begin working; however, his love of art and his sense of creativity never ceased.
In his early 20s, Rob met Donnie Heble from rural Atwood. Donnie invited Rob into his home and together they developed a special relationship. Donnie and Rob loved the country life, they gardened, fished and raised various forms of livestock over the years. Rob would often bring the animals into the house. He had pet chickens, a baby goat, and, of course many dogs and cats, at one time or another. Rob was a caring and compassionate soul and animals always loved his kind demeanor. Rob was devastated when Donnie passed away in November of 2017, and he had to leave the only home he had known for over 20 years.
As Rob adjusted to his life, he found comfort and healing with his cousin, Gena (Miller) Olson and her husband Matthew. Together the couple invited Rob to live with them in Junction City where they provided him with a loving home and the opportunity for healing.
Preceding Rob in death is beloved friend and mentor, Donnie Heble, his mother, Ann, along with his grandparents Curtis Miller, John Cook, Jim Wright and Jessie Wright.
Those left to mourn are his father, David (Jenny) Wright; sister, Tina Elliott (Lyle Whitmore) and family; brothers, Dustin (Nikki) Maybury and family, and Nathan Wright; his grandmother, Elsie Cook; along with a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.
It is impossible to sum up the impact Rob had on the lives of many, or to acknowledge all of those who held a special bond with him. Rob had a youthful spirit of love. He loved flying kites and took joy in sharing his truth, beauty, freedom and love with all he met. Rob had a passion for music; he always had music playing and had a song for every occasion. Rob’s love for his family and friends (which he considered family) was undeniable. You felt his passion for love each and every time he gave you a hug, as they were the strongest, backbreaking, hugs. If you were feeling down, he would be the first to help put a smile back on your face. As a Libra, he could often see the other side of any situation or discussion. Rob always saw the goodness in people and encouraged it. With Rob, the glass was always full and his love runneth over.
The family has established a Memories of Rob Facebook page. Friends, family and acquaintances are encouraged to post your memories. Additionally, a Go Fund Me page has also been established to help with Rob’s final expenses. Any memorial contribution, no matter how small, is greatly appreciated. The page can be accessed within the Memories of Rob Facebook page or by going to www.gofundme.com/in-memory-of-rob. Cards, memorial contributions, and messages of condolence can be sent to “Tina Elliott, for the Memory of Rob”, PO Box 76, St. Francis, KS 67756.
Rob’s final resting place will be next to his mother. A celebration of life will occur on Saturday,
June 16, 2018, at 2:00 pm CDT, at the St. Francis Cemetery, in St. Francis, KS. The family requests for you bring your own kite to fly for Rob’s service. Refreshments and fellowship to follow at the Good Samaritan Village.
Dove Cremation & Funeral Service, of Junction City, is assisting the family with cremation arrangements.
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