John Light, 67

Published 10:09pm Thursday, August 9, 2012

John Light, 67
Born: July 20, 1945
Died: Aug. 8, 2012


John Light, 67, formerly of Dowagiac, died at 8:40 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2012, at his home in South Bend following an extended illness.

He was born on July 20, 1945, in LaPorte, Ind., to Charles and Anne (Kowal) Light, and was graduated from Dowagiac High School in 1963.

He served in the United States Air Force Reserves and the United States Army National Guard, retiring in 2005 as a staff sergeant.

He was employed by Accu-Tech of Elkhart, Ind., retiring in 2009.

John was a member of Saint Mary Catholic Church in Niles, and had been active in the Knights of Columbus council in Dowagiac.

He enjoyed home repair, and as a young man, was an avid fisherman.

John is survived by his long-time companion, Penny Dorogi of South Bend; his children, Jacqueline (James) Gregory-Garvin of Bellevue, Fla., Johnny Light of Lafayette, Calif., and Twanette (Eric) Cooper of Edwardsburg; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia (Randy) Klock-Eustice of San Leandro, Calif.; and a nephew.

The Mass of Christian Burial for John Light will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at Saint Mary Catholic Church by the Rev. David Otto of the parish.

Committal Rites will follow at Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles and will conclude with full military honors by the United States Air Force Honor Guard and American Legion Post 51 of Buchanan.

The family will receive relatives and friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.

Contributions in memory of John may be made to Pet Refuge of Mishawaka, Ind., or Center for Hospice & Palliative Care Inc.

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