Search news

Monday, July 19, 2021

Obituary - Forrest Glenn Wright, Jr. (Rob)

Forrest Glenn Wright, Jr. (Rob), 85, died peacefully in his sleep on June 15th, 2021 at his home in Overland Park, Kansas. Rob was born on June 18, 1935 in Evanston, Illinois. As the son of a major league baseball player, home was in many places during his early years. Most prominently, though, home became Harrisonville, Missouri, where Rob graduated high school in 1953.

Rob played football for the Harrisonville Wildcats, a team that never lost a game while he was there (and during a time when football was played in leather helmets). Later in life Rob was inducted into the Harrisonville Wildcats Football Hall of Fame, a moment he treasured. He also never missed a single day of high school due to illness. Sparing all the details, Rob had an interesting and challenging childhood, but he always rose to the top in whatever he pursued.

After high school, Rob attended the University of Missouri from 1953-1957 on a football scholarship. He was also a proud member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. Rob left college from 1957-1961 to serve in the U.S. Army, where he quarterbacked two Army National Championship teams. After his stint in the military, Rob returned to the University of Missouri where he graduated in 1961 with a degree in Business.

With a degree in hand, Rob immediately went to work at Research Medical Center in Kansas City. Hungry for more, in the early 70’s Rob eventually took the final job of his life with Ward Paper Box (the box division of Russell Stover Candies). He would retire as President of the company after 37 years of employment. Once again, Rob rose to the top in whatever he pursued.

Rising to the top had the most meaning for Rob, though, when it came to family. So, in the early 60’s, it was time for him to get started on a family of his own. As a college grad and administrator at a big hospital, Rob was known to enjoy an occasional evening out on the town. One of those nights, while at the Pink Poodle, Rob met the love of his life, Carolyn. She was a beautiful Airline Stewardess for TWA, and he fell in love with her right away. After a little more than a year of dating, they were married in 1962 and they went on to have three children together. They both devoted their lives to their children, with work always being second to family. Rob and Carolyn were pillars in their community. Rob was known to be a loving and caring friend to anyone and everyone of all ages. If you were in Rob’s presence, you were always special to him. He would truly do anything for anyone, he didn’t even need to know you. In many ways Carolyn was the same, and she elevated Rob as his better half!

Rob lost Carolyn in 2010. While a hole was left in Rob that could never be filled, Rob embraced life with his surviving family and friends. He downsized from a house to an apartment, and he quickly became what many call “The Mayor” of his apartment complex.

With a ground floor apartment next to the entrance, he sat on his porch and greeted all who came and went. All were welcome in his apartment, and a few were given keys! He went to the gym most days and made friends there. He played golf once or twice a week with a big group of friends, and they all loved him. It was a fun last ten years, and a great example of his life. Everywhere Rob went, life was better for everyone.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife Carolyn Ann Wright; parents Forrest Glenn Wright and Margaret Benn Wright; and sister Jennifer Wright Childers.

Rob is survived by his three boys David "Dave"(Nancy), Steven "Steve" (Meg), and Robert "Bob" (Kim); nephew (who was like a son) Christopher "Chris" (Kyli); six wonderful grandchildren: Samuel "Sam", Morgan, Mimi, Brooke, Ruby and Grady; two amazing grand-nephews, Cruz and Canton.

A celebration of Rob’s life will be held on Saturday June 26, 2021 from 11:30-2:30 at Joe’s KC - The 180 Room, 11944 S Strang Line Rd., Olathe, KS 66062. True to Rob’s spirit, casual attire and a relaxed atmosphere are encouraged.