Jerry L. Wright

jerry wright

Jerry Lee Wright, 82 years old, of Hillsboro, North Dakota, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

Jerry was born on October 25, 1940 to Russell Wright and Veva Edwards in Halstad, Minnesota. He had 3 siblings, Roberta, Gwen, and Tom. He attended school in Caledonia, North Dakota. After graduation from high school, he enlisted into the United States Army Active Duty as a Hawk Missile Crewman for the Battery A, 8th Missile Battalion, 1st Artillery Unit stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He was awarded the Marksman M-1 Rifle and Good Conduct Medal Ribbons during his 2 years of military service. He was honorably discharged as a Private First-Class E-3. Upon return home from the military, he began working on the homestead farm helping his father.

Jerry married Betty Ann Dawson on February 18, 1967 in Weslaco, Texas. They settled down on the farm and raised 3 children, Pam, James, and Rick. Betty passed away in a motor vehicle crash on June 15, 1993. They had been married for 26 years.

Jerry met Joanne Louise Halvorson in April 1994 and they eventually married in Laughlin, Nevada on December 23, 2000.

Over the years, they settled in Prescott Valley, AZ where Jerry started his own business called Wright Grading. They went to Clearwater, FL for a time to help James manage a Flowerama shop during his business expansion. They spent time in Lake Havasu City, AZ helping Pam while she worked 48 hour shifts as a flight nurse by watching their granddaughter Shelby.

Jerry and Joanne finally settled down in Hillsboro, North Dakota where they were able to spend time with friends and family to include Joanne’s kids and grandkids.

Jerry was an avid Minnesota Vikings fan, loved caring for his farm and riding horses, and enjoyed reminiscing with friends and family. In his later years, Jerry was well known for being an avid walker, and put on countless miles walking throughout Hillsboro.

Jerry is survived by his loving family, wife, Joanne Wright; daughter Pam and son-in-law, Joe Logalbo, granddaughter, Shelby Stutts; son, James and son-in-law, Brent Molnar, son, Rick and daughter-in-law, Terra; grandchildren, Paxton, Payton, and Preston; Step-daughter, Deirdre and son-in-law Lyndie Chandler; granddaughter, Morgan; Vera; step-daughter, Trista Priest; grandchildren, Amara and Nolan Balzarini; sister, Gwen Kiser; niece and nephews, Terry, Bob, Tom, Ken, and Linda; sister-in-law, Marlys Wright; niece and nephew, Tara and Heath; and many treasured friends.


Visitation - Tuesday: December 6, 2022 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

United Parish UMC-UCC Church
121 1st Ave NW
Hillsboro, ND 58045

Memorial Service - Tuesday: December 6, 2022 2:00 pm

United Parish UMC-UCC Church
121 1st Ave NW
Hillsboro, ND 58045

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  1. Jerry was one of the coolest dads I ever knew. He was funny and knowledgeable and best of all forgiving when his youngest and I were out too late. Condolences to all his family and especially his son Rick (my brother and roommate). Rest in Paradise Jerry.

  2. My sympathy to the Wright family, Jerry was always a lot of fun to around back in the day. May God bless you all in this time and always.
    Kathy Mickelson
    Apache Junction,AZ

  3. Joanne, Pam, James, and Rick,
    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I have so many wonderful memories of Jerry. He had the best contagious laugh Ive ever heard…He was the most kind, caring, giving man. He meant the world to our family and especially to my folks.
    12/6 is also the day we buried mom in 2013…I know mom will great him as he joins all our loved ones in heaven. Big hugs to all of you. Will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    Love ~ Jeannie and family

  4. Blessed be the memory of Jerry.Prayers and condolences being sent.Keeping you in our Prayers. Maureen Sharpe and Kelly Sharpe

  5. Thinking of you all. So many good memories of Uncle Jerry. Lots of thoughts & prayers being sent to you.
    Love. Ron, Bonnie, Becky, Lyndell & families

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