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Former councilman Eugene Wright dies


December 26, 2012
Lester Eugene Wright, a former member of the Crawford County Council and a retired Laswell Dairy Supply owner, died Friday, Dec. 14, at his winter home in Haines City, Fla. He was 72.

Wright, of English, was a fixture not only on the Crawford County Council but previously was a member on the Crawford County School Corp. Board of Trustees as well as the Indiana Region 15 Planning Commission. He also served as a county precinct committeeman.

Peggy Bullington, chief deputy auditor, said that Wright was always a good and honest member of any group he served.

"He was a fine man, and I knew him forever," she said. "He was a good councilman and supported the Democratic Party."

Bullington wasn't the only one who touted Wright's dedication to the county.

"Eugene Wright was a very dedicated public servant," Jerry Brewer, president of the county council and who served alongside Wright, said. "He always asked a question that made you think and improve."

Wright spent more than 10 years on the county council.

Brewer, who worked closely with Wright, became friends with him as a dairyman who utilized Laswell Dairy Supply before Wright retired. "He'll be sorely missed," Brewer said. "Personally, as a dairy farmer a lot of dairymen in Southern Indiana, Kentucky and all over was dependent on Eugene to keep us going. He could fix something that was tore up and make it work without any parts. He was a very good mechanic."

Wright, who was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Ann Wright, and a son, Steven. E. Wright, is survived by his wife of 51 years, the former Ellen Laswell, their four remaining children and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The funeral was Friday Lincoln Hills United Methodist Church in English with burial at Poor Farm Cemetery near Curby.

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