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Eldon “Lee” Wright


Eldon “Lee” Wright, 66, Bloomington, formerly of Plymouth, died at 2:10 a.m., June 20, 2009.

Lee was born November 19, 1942, in Macomb, to Hugh M. and Irene Scott Wright, Plymouth.  He married Christina (Tina) Burt on December 29, 1987.  She survives. 

He is also survived by his son, Conley (Danielle) Wright, Granite City, and a daughter, Tiffany Wright, St. Louis, Mo.; seven grandchildren; a brother, Lyle E. (Barbara) Wright, El Paso, Texas, ; three sisters, Barbara “Jolene” (Paul) Zima, Downers Grove, Rita (Mike) Cordell, Colchester, and Cerese (Tom) Wright, Bushnell.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a step-daughter, Chanty Shiverdecker.

Lee was a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in Education & Industrial Technology.  He was a teacher for the Oneida School District and the New Holland-Middletown District in the late ‘60s.  In 1972 he started a career with the GM&O Railroad in the signal department in Bloomington, and later worked as a brakeman for the CN&W railroad in Pekin.  Lee was also a teacher at Normal Community High School, finally retiring from Illinois State University in 2006.  Lee also worked in the heating, cooling and home remodeling businesses at various times in the Bloomington area.

Lee was most known as an avid railroad enthusiast.  He was nationally known for his 1/8 scale trains, which he hand built from scratch with pride and displayed throughout the U.S.  He made many friends across the country while doing this. He enjoyed modeling and photographing trains.  He also enjoyed travel throughout the US and various cruises he took, as well as country and western music and dancing.

A celebration of his life will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, June 26, 2009, at Calvert & Metzler Memorial Home, Bloomington.

Inurnment will be at Scott Cemetery, Plymouth, at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, Memorials can be made in his name to Friends of the Bumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad, Inc. (a non-profit organization), 6005 Osuna Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 or online at or to a charity of the donor’s choice. 




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