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Claude Allen Wright

Claude Allen Wright

Claude Allen Wright passed away peacefully of natural causes on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, in his home in Phoenix, Ore., at the age of 83. Claude was a Southern Oregon native, born on Jan. 20, 1926, in Central Point, to George and Ida Wright; the youngest of their nine children.

Claude proudly served in the U.S. Navy in both WWII and Korea. After his separation from active duty, he returned to the Rogue Valley that he knew and loved so well. He managed a Standard Oil service station (back then they actually wore white uniforms, checked your oil and tires and washed your windshield) in Medford before becoming a Chevron Dealer and opening a Chevron Service Station in downtown Ashland across the street from the Lithia Hotel. When Interstate 5 opened in 1968, Claude moved his thriving business to the South Ashland interchange. In 1986, Claude retired after 40 years in the automotive service industry. Claude was a hallmark in the Ashland community.

Claude was married to Mary Francis Moulton on March 10, 1947, in Medford, Ore.; he is survived by his wife, Mary; his son, Dan Wright; daughter, Tina Chavez; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson - all of whom can attest to the fact that Claude was a lover of life. Claude enjoyed many things; his dog, Taz, a good laugh, sharing a good story, fishing, woodworking and working in his yard. His stories and little home inventions were always an enjoyment to everyone; his grandchildren were his pride and joy and always a very important part of his later years. His stories and laughter were a gift we will remember always.

Pursuant to Claude's wishes, a small private service was held on Friday, Feb. 13, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Eagle Point. Claude was buried with full military honors.

Claude Allen Wright