Elmer “Fudd” Wright
Elmer “Fudd” Louis Wright, age 64 of Butler, Missouri died Saturday, May 11, 2019 at his home in Butler. He was born on February 7, 1955 to Robert Elmer and Barbara Elizabeth McFerrin Wright in Butler, Missouri.
Elmer, one of two children and a lifelong resident of Butler, attended Butler High School. He worked for Highland Dairy a number of years before obtaining his Class A water plant operator’s license. He worked for water plants in Butler, Amoret, Rich Hill, Freeman (where he helped build the water plant), and Joplin, Missouri. In 2002 he became Chief Water Plant Operator for the City of Archie, Missouri. He cared about the public, and was awarded Statewide Operator of the Year in the state of Missouri on two occasions. He also taught many water classes and shared his vast knowledge with others. He was a problem solver and enjoyed helping others troubleshoot problems at their facilities. In addition to 37 years as a water plant operator, Elmer served as Deputy Fire Chief for many years in Butler. His wife often joked about him not wearing an oxygen mask and being a “macho man” when he was first on the scene. On December 15, 1978 Elmer married Cathy Faye Hayden and together they raised three children. He attended the Last Harvest Cowboy Church in Butler.
Elmer was intelligent, witty, talented and hilarious as well as caring and empathetic. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, gardening, playing guitar . . . and was a loyal supporter of the Kansas City Chiefs and Kansas City Royals. In his younger days, he was a founding member of a group of boys that called themselves the Miami Creek River Rats. He spent many of his younger years playing in a band, with his love of music apparent throughout his life. His greatest joy was sharing his musical gift with his family and friends.
Elmer is survived by his wife of 40 years, Cathy Wright of Butler, Missouri; two sons, Travis Wright and wife Mari of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and William Wright of Butler, Missouri; a daughter, Rachel Gamble and husband Jamie of Houston, Texas; two brothers-in-laws, Jeff Hayden and wife Paula of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Mark Hayden and wife Deborah of Bella Vista, Arkansas; mother-in-law, Rita Hayden of Butler, Missouri; and grandchildren, Jharek, Liliana and Mason. He was preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Christine.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Schowengerdt Funeral Chapel (660-679-6555) in Butler with Pastor J. R. Beck officiating and Lynda Sturdevant assisting. Burial in Oak Hill Cemetery, Butler. Contributions may be given to the Last Harvest Cowboy Church. Online condolences may be left at www.schowengerdtchapel.com.