He was born October 4, 1942 in Des Moines, Iowa the son of Wendell C. and Mabel Petty Wright. He married Carol Dredge on May 22, 1974 in Peoria.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his mother, Mabel Wright of Lakeland, Fla.; his children, Carol Annette (and John) Johnson of Normal, Ill., Kelly Marie (and Chuck) Arbuckle of Chaska, Minn., and Craig Steven (and Beate) Wright of Luxembourg; five grandchildren, Rachael, Ashly, Jeremy (and Megan), Andrew, and Daniel; two great grandchildren, Dakota and Emery with one on the way; a brother, Russell (and Carole) Wright of Longwood, Fla.; and a sister, Ellen (and Buddy) Luper of Pinehurst, N.C. He was preceded in death by his father.
Stephen was a self-employed businessman, owning the two Quick Stops in Galesburg for 35 years. He and Carol retired in 2009. He was a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan.
Cremation will be accorded. Celebration of Stephen’s life will be at a later date. Memorials may be made to Heifer Project International. Hinchliff-Pearson-West Funeral Directors and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.h-p-w.com.