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Everett Earl Wright, beloved father of Timothy Morgan EverLes and Jek Eeon Everchal, died December 16, 2009, at 10:16pm, at his home in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 62.
Born June 21, 1947, at the home of his parents, James Marion and LaRue Neisler Wright, in Fillmore Township, Montgomery County, Illinois, he joined his three older sisters and one older brother.
Mr. Wright grew up on a dairy farm in central Illinois. He graduated from Fillmore Grade School in 1961 and Nokomis High School in 1965. In 1966, he completed an airline support-staff training program at the Humboldt Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Because of the wartime draft of all healthy young men, he served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, from May 1966 to March 1970, serving two years at the SAC Base near Glasgow, Montana, and one year at the U-Tapao Airbase in Thailand.
After living and working in New York City for two years, Mr. Wright moved to Kansas City, Missouri, in the fall of 1972. He graduated from the University of Missouri—Kansas City with a degree in psychology and sociology.
He began working with the HomeSharing program in Kansas City as a student intern shortly after it was founded in 1982 and eventually became the heart and soul of that program, dedicated to matching the elderly and disabled who need assistance to continue living in their own homes with young people who need affordable housing.
After he became too disabled to work in 2005, he continued to serve on the board of HomeSharing during their search for new collaborators and funding, which they found in the Local Investment Commission (LINC) of Kansas City, dedicated to creating caring communities within the city. Mr. Wright shared his own home throughout his life.
Mr. Wright was one of the founding members of the Midwest Men’s Festival and has been a strong, life-long advocate for human rights and equality for all.
He was a lover of people, gardens, opera, buddhist thought, photography, cats, pottery, wiccan rituals, jokes, paintings, movies, and much more, but especially people.
Mr. Wright is survived by his daughter, Timothy Morgan EverLes of Kansas City, Missouri; his son, Jek Eeon Everchal of Santa Monica, California; Timothy’s mother Leslie Holmes of Merriam, Kansas; Jek’s mother Charlemkwan Kongphan of Pathum Thani, Thailand; his daughter-in-heart, Skyelore Holmes of Omaha, Nebraska; his sister, Dolores Wright Sturgis of Warsaw, Indiana; his brother, Virgil Wright of Fillmore, Illinois; his sister, Beverly Wright Worth of Warsaw, Indiana; his sister, Juanita Wright Potter of Chicago, Illinois; his many nieces, nephews, and grand-nieces and grand-nephews; a deep and wide circle of friends who have all known and been inspired by his generous heart, his wicked wit, and his lively, awake spirit.
His oldest sister, Gladys Wright Fravala, died in 1960; his father died in 1990; his mother died in 1998.
A memorial service will be held in Kansas City; time and location to be announced. On June 21, 2010, his ashes will be placed at the base of the solstice stone of the stone circle at the Woodside Memorial Garden, Fillmore Township, Illinois.
The family suggests that all memorial contributions be directed to:
HomeSharing Program, c/o LINC, 3100 Broadway, Suite 1100, Kansas City, MO 64111