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David Victor “Curly” Wright, age 53, of Pierson, formerly of Wayland, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 14, 2015 at his home.

Born in Grand Rapids on December 12, 1961, he married Caren L. Cook on September 16, 2000 and he enjoyed riding his Harley-Davidson either alongside his wife and with family and friends, as well as bow and rifle hunting, whitewater rafting, camping, and quiet walks through the woods. He attended Resonate Church in Newaygo.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Karen Rae (Bistodeau) Zylstra; and by a brother, Robert Henry Zylstra.

Surviving are his wife of 23 years, Caren Wright of Pierson; a daughter, Jenifer Wright of Cadillac; a son, Jesse Wright of Pierson; step-daughters, Coriene “Cori” Casteel and Kaytlyn Casteel; step-sons, Sean (Kristina) Santoni, Jason Gaylord, Trenton Gaylord, and Kirtess Gaylord; a brother, Steven (Jill) Wright; a sister, Denise (David) Gerou; eight grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Visitation is from 12-1 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, 3627 Linden Avenue S.E. at 36th Street, Grand Rapids (one block west of Eastern Avenue), where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015. Burial will follow at Maplewood Cemetery near Hopkins.

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  1. Peggy Norton on May 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

    You will be greatly missed!!
    Love you <3

  2. Vicki on May 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    My Thoughts & Prayers to the family!! My God be with you all and give you strength in the next few days and years ahead. Curly is with Bob & Karen now and at pease, till we all meet again. R.I.P. Curly!! Bless you All!!

  3. Tina on May 16, 2015 at 11:11 pm

    Dave now you know.
    Now you know what it feels like to stand before Him and breath His goodness.
    Now you know what Jesus looks like.
    Now you know just how beautiful it really is in Heaven.
    Now you can walk without pain.
    Now you can lay without pain.
    Now you ride free for all eternity with the wind blowing through your hair.
    Please ask Jesus to ride a big beautiful, loud Harley when He comes back for us!
    Ask Him to lead the way and follow with all your brothers and sisters whom gone before you.
    Come, we are waiting….Now you know.
    My family will miss you always Curly,
    Love Tina

  4. MisQ on May 17, 2015 at 9:52 am

    What a tough man. He put up one hell of a fight.
    You will be greatly missed brother man.
    But now you can ride for ever free in that highway in Heaven.
    I am said that I will not be able to be there to say final goodbye’s so I do that now.
    Good bye my Biker Brother,
    Love MisQ

  5. joe c on May 17, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Thank you my friend, I will miss you

  6. Jeff and Rhonda Draper on May 17, 2015 at 10:44 am

    You fought the good fight brother, our memories of you are golden, we will miss you.

  7. Glenn Delp on May 17, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    You will be missed brother. Your memory will always be with us.
    Rest well my friend

  8. dense on May 17, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I miss u alot little brother. I Thank god for the last few years that we were able to get close. Love ur big sister

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