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Merlin M. Wright age 83

Posted: 18 July, 2012

A private graveside service will be held at the Wakefield Cemetery in Wakefield, Nebraska for Merlin M. Wright age 83 of Wayne formerly of Wakefield.
He passed away Tuesday at Careage Of Wayne. No Visitation
Memorials may be directed to the Wakefield Christian Church.
Survivors: Brother, Timothy Wright of Mesa, AZ; nieces and nephews
Hasemann Funeral Home Wayne in charge of the arrangements.

Merlin  Maurice Wright, son of  Paul and Pearl  Wright, was born January 20, 1929, on a farm south of Bartlett, Iowa.  He departed this life on July 17, 2012, at the age of 83, following a lengthy illness.
Merlin  attended elementary  schools in McPaul  and  Hamburg, Iowa public schools. He was immersed into Christ  at age nine by W. C. Cole,  a visiting evangelist, at the Christian Church in  Bartlett, Iowa.  He graduated from Hamburg High School  in  May 1947, and from Nebraska Christian College, Norfolk, Nebraska in  May 1951.  After attending graduate  school  at  Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, he moved to  Wakefield, Nebraska  where he ministered to the Christian  Church  from January  1953 through August 1968. During his ministry the congregation erected a new worship facility at Third and Johnson Sts.
     Changing careers, he moved to Wayne, Nebraska, in  late 1968, where he worked as a staff writer and editor  of the  Wayne Herald newspaper three years.  In  November 1971, he again changed his field of work and was employed  by the State of Nebraska as a probation officer in the Nebraska State Probation System, which included writing presentence investigations for the Nebraska Supreme Court. After working in the court  system for nearly 20 years he retired February 1, 1991 in Wayne.
     Merlin learned to fly private aircraft at age 17 and held a  commercial  pilot's  license. As a  freelance  writer  he authored  numerous  articles for the CHRISTIAN  STANDARD  of Cincinnati,  Ohio, wrote a variety of feature stories for the Wayne Herald, compiled and maintained an internet web site for the Wakefield Christian Church.  
Merlin  authored  the 1984, church history book  for  the  Wakefield Christian Church marking the church's centennial.  As a journalist he wrote a weekly column for  the  Wayne Herald for five years, and wrote numerous editorials, concluding in early 1998.
 He is survived by a brother, Timothy Lee Wright of  Mesa AZ.
He was preceded in death by his father Paul Wright, his mother Pearl, and sisters Deloma and Joyce.

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