Sonnie Wright


Walter “Sonnie” Edward Wright, 73, of Goldendale, WA passed away on Dec. 3, 2015.

The memorial service was a private family event. Private visitation was held Dec. 4 at Columbia Hills Memorial Chapel.

Sonnie was born in Redding, Calif., on Feb. 20, 1942. He graduated from Columbia High School in White Salmon, WA. He served in the Navy from 1960-1964.

Sonnie was married to his high school sweetheart, Carol Lemley, on July 7, 1962; they were married 53 years.

Sonnie worked as a manager for Ray Schultens’ and general manager for Fort Dalles Nissan. He owned Sonnie Wright’s Used Cars in Goldendale and also managed Umatilla Self-Storage in Umatilla, and finally, he worked as general manager for Ty Ross at Tire Shredders and France Sports before his retirement.

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He loved hunting, fishing, and camping in the mountains. After his retirement, he enjoyed golfing with his golf buddies.

Sonnie is survived by his wife Carol, son Eddie (Susan) Wright, son James (Kasandra) Wright; grandchildren Jeremy, Breanna, Danielle, Kaela and Cody; great-grandchildren Jaxton and Benjamin, and many family and friends.

Sonnie was preceded in death by his father Patrick Wright and mother Bessie Wright, and a sister, Bonnie Holtmann.


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