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Kenneth Ray "Doc" Wright passed away at Via Christi Village, Ponca City OK, on Nov. 8, 2011, at the age of 96. He joins his beloved wife, Zenna, who preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 2005. Doc was born on Oct. 11, 1915, to Grover Cleveland Wright and Nellie Carle Wright in Ponca City. When he was 5 months of age, his mother died from blood poisoning; his grandparents, Charles and Alice Wright, raised him until their deaths. Upon their passing, he became part of his aunt Leona Wright Brunhoeber's family. His father was killed in an oil rig accident when he was still a youngster.
Doc attended the Ponca City School System, graduating in 1934. He also attended business college in Ponca City where he met the love of his life, Zenna. He continued his education at Oklahoma State University where he majored in chemical engineering. Zenna and Doc were married on February 27, 1938, in Eldorado KS and were married 67 years at the time of her passing. They spent their entire married life in Ponca City.
Doc had a long, successful career in the oil industry. He was a refinery chemist with Cities Service Oil Company for 30 years and spent another 15 years working as a specialist in the Maintenance Department at Conoco Oil Company where he inspected oil tankers in Greece, France, England, and the Middle East. He retired on November 1, 1985. Doc was actively involved with religious, community, and volunteer organizations. He was a charter member of Albright United Methodist Church where he was a Sunday School Secretary for over 30 years. He also served as chairman of the church historical society which published two volumes of church history under his leadership. He continued as honorary chairman until his death. He ws a longtime volunteer at the Ponca City Regional Medical Center cardiac care unit. Together he and Zenna had a combined total of over 9,000 hours as volunteers. He was active in the political process as a precinct official in several capacities for over 42 years. He also was a charter member of the Pioneer Genealogy Society. He taught 2 dog obedience classes a year for 32 years in Ponca City. For over 40 years Doc was involved in softball, Cub Scout Baseball, junior baseball, and American Legion baseball as a player, official, coach, and score keeper. For 20 of those years, he was a registered high school baseball umpire. He also helped organize and promote the YMCA Grade School Athletic Program, and as a coach, his teams won three State Championships. In the late 1970's he was named "Mr. Baseball" by the Lions, Kiwanis, and the Rotary clubs, receiving a plaque which was a special treasure of his. He was recently featured in an article in the Ponca City News in which he was photographed with his plaque. He followed his beloved Sooners until he was no longer able to do so.
Doc is survived by his daughter Judith Wright Clemmons and husband Alfred of Albuquerque NM; son Philip Wright and wife Diane of Wichita KS; grandchildren Gregory T. Petre, Joel C. Wright, and Lesley Wright Levine; great-grandchildren Brittany E. Petre, Michael Petre, Dylan Stephens, Asher and Evan Levine, and Gabriela Wright; sister and brother-in-law Thelma and John Lansdown of Ponca City; and sister-in-law Claribel Deda of Pratt KS; and several nieces and a nephew including Ponca City residents Kay Anthony and Carol Green.
He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Grover C. and Sue Wright; sister and brother-in-law Louise and Harold Allen; and grandsons Jeffrey D. Hester and Kevin M. Petre.
A peaceful, loving man of intelligence and integrity, Doc took great pride in his family, who is his greatest legacy. We will all miss, and warmly remember, his compassion, wisdom, astute advice, and above all, his love. Godspeed, dear father; you will live in our hearts forever.
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