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A “Celebration of Life” service will be conducted at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at a future date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

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Robert “Bob” Lightle, of Lynchburg, Virginia, died quietly on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021, at age 98. Bob, born in Long Beach, California on September 29, 1923, was one of three children, to Bertha Harris and Carl Eugene Lightle.

Bob, a World War II veteran, was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1943, and served in the 13th Armored Division as a radio operator and driver in Europe. During this time, he was awarded with the European African Middle Eastern Campaign, American Campaign, Good Conduct, and WWII Victory medals. He was honorably discharged.

Following military service, Bob established a career in nuclear engineering working for Aerojet-General in Idaho, Las Vegas and Sacramento; Babcock & Wilcox in Lynchburg and First Energy in Toledo, Ohio.

Bob had a variety of interests including horseback riding, camping, square dancing, traveling, photography, golfing, reading, crocheting, and woodworking. He was active in several charities including the Lynchburg Public Library and Habitat for Humanity.

Bob is survived by his wife Mary Ellen Lightle. The couple recently celebrated their 74th wedding anniversary. They considered this long-lasting marriage as their life’s greatest accomplishment.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, William “Billy” Lightle and Lynn Lightle. In addition to his wife, Bob is survived by his sons and daughters-in-law Craig & Donna, Bruce & Joyce and Kevin & Olivia; grandchildren Alex, Samantha, Danielle, Tamara, Brandon, and Kelly and great-grandchildren River, Ember and Cora.

A “Celebration of Life” service will be conducted at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church at a future date.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bob’s memory to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.

 

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Amy Arranga, Volunteer Coordinator, Lynchburg Public Library

Posted on:
October 11, 2021

Mr. Lightle was a steadfast volunteer at Lynchburg Public Library for many years, and generously donated over 2,000 hours of his time. Please accept our sincerest condolences for your loss.

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Stephen Christopher \"Chris\" Kelly, M.B.A., M.A., A.B.

Posted on:
October 9, 2021

Bob was a member of the same church I am. He is, indeed, the last veteran of World War Two that I knew personally, still alive. He and Mary had the longest marriage I knew of. At 98 years of age, with 74 years of marriage, he truly lived a blessed life. He was a blessing to both church and community. My condolences to all family and friends.

 

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