Ronald LeRoy “Roy” Light was born August 20, 1932, in Sidney, Iowa, the son of William and Mildred (Sumner) Light.
During both his childhood and adult years of which he spent the majority in Iowa and Missouri, he loved horses and a wide range of animals from skunks to monkeys. He loved wildlife and during his lifetime on the farm made sure the squirrels and deer had something to eat during the winter.
Immediately after graduation from Sidney High School in 1950, Roy joined the United States Navy and served during the Korean War.
Roy was a man of many talents and trades throughout his lifetime. After returning to the states from the Navy, he worked as a farm manager, road grader operator, foreman for Missouri Beef Packers, and was a Hamburg City Administrator. In his later years, he loved to raise and tend to various animals…rabbits, chickens, sheep, ducks, geese; the list could go on… He loved to work on outside projects, many started, but not all finished. He loved to cook (some things might not look or sound good, but they were always delicious) and grew some fantastic tomatoes and strawberries!
Roy loved western books and movies and we probably think there was not one out there that he had not read or watched during his lifetime (multiple times). John Wayne was one of his favorite actors and to us shared a lot of those qualities. He was a man larger than life – big in size, not scared of anything, willing to stand his ground, protector…but also had a heart just as big…always willing to help others, opened his home if you needed a place to stay, bottle fed baby animals, cared for his wife, Bonnie Jo, as long as he possibly could and oh my…the jokes and stories he could tell.
Roy passed away before reaching his 85th birthday on Sunday, August 13, 2017, at Pleasant View in Rock Port, Missouri. We know you are probably riding a horse along the prairie in front of a beautiful sunset.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bonnie Jo; sons, Craig and Rodney Light; daughter, Linda Light; sister, Ginger Tysor; half brothers, Edmond and Jack Light; and half sisters, Mae Stevens and Eva Forrester.
Survivors include his sons, Steven Light of St. James, Missouri, Roger (Rose) Light of St. James, Bill (Brian) Light of Salem, Oregon, and Nicholas Light of St. Louis, Missouri; stepson, Wayne (Gayle) Allee of Rock Port; honorary son, Bruce (Valerie) Duncan of Rock Port; daughters, Debbie (Rick) Stephens of Columbia, Missouri, Julie (Darren) James of Columbia, Laura Light of Columbia, and Ashley Upton of Cuba, Missouri; stepdaughters, Karen (Dan) Tietjen of Platte City, Missouri and Jeanette Henderson of Hamburg, Iowa; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Memorial services with full military rites will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at the Mount Olive Church in Hamburg, Iowa. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Cancer Society, or the American Heart Association.