W.J. 'Bill' Light


ROLLA — W.J. "Bill" Light, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton.

ROLLA — W.J. "Bill" Light, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012, at Pioneer Manor in Hugoton.

He was born Sept. 25, 1923, on the farm in Morton County, to William Clarence and Zula Tarter Light. He graduated from Rolla High School in 1942 and served in the Marines during World War II.

A lifetime resident of Morton County, Mr. Light was a farmer, a real estate broker and appraiser. He served two terms as State Representative in the mid-1960s.

On Aug. 18, 1946, he married Mardelle Cullison in Coffeyville. She died Feb. 28, 1988. He also was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Gale, Wayne and Paul Light; three sisters, Dorothy Cullison, Edna Gilbert and Helen Girling; and a grandson.

Survivors include two sons, Bill and David Light, both of Rolla; four daughters, Nancy Light-Olson of Houston, Peggy Light-Carswell of Oberlin, Linda Light-Bushart of Glenwood Springs, Colo., and Ellen Light-Hall of Rolla; a brother, James Light of Rolla; two sisters, Elsie Holcomb of Albuquerque, N.M., and Lesta Lou Muse of Oklahoma City; 20 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Funeral will begin at 10 a.m. Monday at the United Methodist Church in Rolla. Burial will follow at Rolla Cemetery.

Visitation hours are 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Garnand Funeral Home in Hugoton. Memorials are suggested to Rolla Pentecostal Church Food Outreach, in care of the funeral home, 423 S. Main St., Hugoton, KS 67951.

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