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Ronald Wright

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Ronald Wright, age 85, of Solon Springs, WI, passed away on November 27, 2022, at Twin Ports Health Services in Superior, WI. Ron was born on February 12, 1937, in Marietta, MN, the son of Charles and Dolores (Kanthak) Wright. He was united in marriage to Janet Smith on April 18, 1964, in Solon Springs, WI.

In 1955, after graduating from Marietta High School, he served two years in the United States Marines Corps at Camp Pendleton in San Diego, CA, before attending and graduating from St Cloud State University in 1962.

Ron signed a one-year teaching contract in the fall of 1962 with the Solon Springs School District. This one-year contract culminated with a full-time teaching career of 33 years in the subjects of Biology, Earth & Life Science, History, PE and Drivers Education. After his “retirement” in 1995, he continued to teach Drivers Education and Advanced Biology part-time in Solon Springs until 1998. Additionally, he taught Drivers Education in the Superior school district after retirement. While teaching in Solon, Ron also earned his master’s degree in biology from UW-Superior in the 1970’s.

During his tenure in Solon, he coached both basketball and baseball, served as a class advisor, an S-Club advisor, Solon Springs Booster Club charter member, official timekeeper and scorekeeper for basketball and volleyball games, and served as the school’s Audio-Visual director for much of his career. Additionally, through the Solon Springs Athletic Association, along with his wife Jan and others, he helped to build, improve, and maintain both the school and downtown ball fields including dugout construction.

Outside of his teaching career, Ron found time to work as a Park Ranger at Lucius Woods Park, built homes with Jim Hill Construction, and helped to found the Douglas County Babe Ruth League in 1978. Ron was also a volunteer firefighter for the Solon Springs Fire Department, served on the Solon Springs Police and Fire Commission Board and served on the Solon Springs Village Board as a member for 14 years and eventually as Board President.

Some of Ron’s passions in life were snowmobiling, traveling all over Northwest Wisconsin attending his kids’ sporting events, woodworking, keeping cars immaculately clean, James Bond movies, filming/video recording his family events, and of course, drinking Mountain Dew.

Ron is survived by his wife Janet; children, Tim (Brenda) Wright of St. Cloud, MN, Tom (Nicki) Wright of Andover, MN, Terry (Catherine) of La Crosse, WI; son-in-law Pete Sperling of Minnetonka, MN; sisters Paulette (Wright) Ballas and Kathleen (Jeff Kirsch) Wright; brother Bob (Denise) Wright; brother-in-law Denny (Peggy) Smith, sister-in-law Debbie (Lee) Gilbertson, brother-in-law Rick (Perri) Smith; grandchildren Matt (Emily) Wright, Drew Wright, Stephanie Wright, Cole Wright, Alex Wright, Emma Wright, Alan Wright, Evan Wright, Owen Wright, Lauren Sperling, Lindsey Sperling, Leah Sperling; great-grandchildren Kurt Wright and Charlotte Wright.

In addition to his parents, Ron is preceded in death by his daughter Tracy (Wright) Sperling, his brothers Charles Wright and Dale Wright, and brother-in-law Kenneth “Dewey” Smith.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to all the wonderful care givers at Twin Ports Health Center. Your care and compassion for Ron will always be treasured.

Services were held December 3, 2022, in the Sandy Spin Slade Gymnasium at Solon Springs High School. An interment with military honors will be held at a later date in the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Solon Springs Educational Foundation, 9041 S Pison Rd, Bennett, WI 54873 or online at solonspringsef.org/donate.

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