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Laurence "Wally" Walter Wright

March 29, 1946 ~ December 22, 2020 (age 74)

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Laurence “Wally” Walter Wright, 74, of Redfield, SD, passed away peacefully Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD.  His memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 2, 2021, at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Redfield.   Inurnment, with military honors, will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Redfield.  Reverend Tim Fugman will officiate. 

Due to health issues in Wally’s family, masks and social distancing are required.  For those unable to wear or are uncomfortable with masks as well as those unable to attend in person, the service will be live-streamed to the funeral home’s website to allow virtual attendance.  Hyke Funeral Home of Redfield has been entrusted with arrangements.  (

Wally was born on March 29, 1946, in Redfield, SD to Lawrence and Arlene (Muellenberg) Wright.  He attended country school near the family farm and attended high school in Redfield.  He proudly served his country in the National Guard.

He married Diana Trowbridge on December 5, 1981, in Redfield and to this union a blended family of five children was formed.  He was a master carpenter in the Spink County area until health forced his retirement.  He celebrated receiving the gift of life by having a heart transplant on August 28, 2002. 

His favorite things in life were spending time with his family and friends and hosting the annual “Wally World”.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, tinkering on projects around the house, attending wrestling matches, having breakfast at Leo’s, and visiting with his friends at TJ’s. 

Wally will be missed by his wife Diana of Redfield; children:  Gina Rogers of Sioux Falls, SD, Bobbe Horne (Al) of Macomb, MI, Shane Wright (Kristy) of Ashton, SD, Toni Brun (Matt) of Spearfish, SD, and Joey Wright (Monica) of Grant, MI.  He is also survived by his grandchildren:  Danielle, Delane, Jacob, Luke, Tanner, Carter, Paige, Hannah, Ashton, Hunter, Keira, Hailey, Ashley, Casey, and Gavin; and great-grandchildren:  Adeline and Loralie.  His surviving siblings include Karen Kelsey and Jesse Wright.

Wally is preceded in death by his parents Lawrence and Arlene; brothers Jerry, Kenneth, and Roger; and daughter-in-law Holly.


Thanks to the participants in Wally's service:

Clergy - Reverend Tim Fugman

Organist - Carol Esser

Soloist - Jessica DeYoung

Urn Bearers - Terry Jandel, Bob Jandel, Dave Willis, Tom Whitley

Military Honors:

Clay Kiser American Legion Post #92 - Redfield, SD

Paul A. Schleher VFW Post #2755 - Redfield, SD

SDARNG Military Honors - Watertown, SD



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Memorial Service
January 2, 2021

10:30 AM
First Congregational United Church of Christ
125 East 7th Avenue

Video is available for this event

Inurnment with Military Honors
January 2, 2021

11:30 AM
Redfield - Greenlawn Cemetery
Highway 281 North
Redfield, SD 57469

Please note
The memorial service will be live-streamed and a link will be added above to view before the service begins.
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