James Wilson McDill Light, Jr.

Born: Sun., Mar. 23, 1919
Died: Sun., Feb. 5, 2012

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James Wilson McDill Light, Jr. - a resident of Pendleton, died on Sunday, February 5, 2012, at St. Anthony Hospital in Pendleton, surrounded by his family. He was 92 years old. He was born March 23, 1919 inn Bridgeport, Nebraska. He was the son of Wilson McDill Light and Fernal Faith Boughn Light. He attended Boeing School of Aeronautics in California with his brother Russell. While there, he met Bette Jean McKibbon. He joined the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1941. He married Bette in Wyoming in 1942. He served as a mechanic on B-17s in England where he attained the rank of Master Sergeant. He helped transport Allied Prisoners Of War back to England. He served until September of 1945, when he was awarded an honorable discharge. After his discharge he and Bette settled in Wheatland, Wyoming. He started his career with United Airlines, as a chief mechanic in 1945. The couple lived in Seattle, WA, until he retired as a Pilot for United Airlines, in1980. Jim and Bette relocated to Pendleton in 1981 where he then began as a maintenance mechanic for Duff Ranches. He retired from there in 1994. He was preceded in death by; his parents, his wife Bette, a sister Margaret, a brother, Russell, and a sister Barbara. He is survived by his children; Jim Light, Jr. of Seattle, WA, Kathy Ashley of Pendleton, OR, Babette Cook of Longbranch, WA, Pat Holt of Port Orchard, WA, and Robyn Sherman of Pendleton, OR, as well as eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren. A celebration of life will be held in the summer for Jim and Bette Light so that the large family and many friends may attend. Contributions in memory of Jim Light may be made to the Pendleton VFW Let'Er Buck Post 922, and may be sent care of Burns Mortuary of Pendleton, P.O. Box 489, Pendleton, Oregon 97801. You may sign the online condolence book or read the obituary at www.burnsmmortuary.com Burns Mortuary of Pendleton was in care of arrangements.

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Lorne Becker
   Posted Sun February 12, 2012
One fond memory I have of Jim was when I was a sophomore in High School. I ran into Jim out in his yard while coming back from bird hunting with a friend of mine. He asked "How's the hunting?" We explained to him that as soon as we could afford more shotgun shells we would be back at it. Jim made us a deal. He would keep us supplied with shells as long as he got 2 birds for each box of shells he gave us. It was a GREAT year. Jim was a great man. He will be truly missed.

JOHN AND RHONDA LACKEY
   Posted Sun February 12, 2012
Our condolences in the passing of your father.

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