James Lawrence "Larry" Lighthiser, 79, died peacefully Oct. 29, 2013, at his home in Hudson, Ohio, with his son, Larry, and wife, Bess, by his side. He was the dear husband of Elizabeth "Bess" (nee Kinard) Lighthiser for 54 years.
Mr. Lighthiser was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa., and was a graduate of Grove City College, Class of 1957, where he was captain of the swim team. He met his wife at GCC and they were married in York, Pa., on Aug. 22, 1959. After college he immediately joined U.S. Steel, and they lived in Pittsburgh where their three sons were born.
Mr. Lighthiser was employed with U.S. Steel for 30 years in sales and as a contracting manager. As a result, the family was transferred seven times to wonderful cities. After retiring from U.S. Steel, he joined the Spath and Zimmerman Insurance Agency located in Independence, Ohio, and specialized in malpractice insurance, permanently retiring in 2008.
Mr. Lighthiser was a people person who dearly loved his family, many friends, reading, playing bridge, and traveling, but his real passion was golf. His greatest pleasure was a house in Conneaut Lake, Pa., where he and Bess spent their summers enjoying visits with family, friends and especially his golf games with his sons. He also had a keen interest in politics and served as a precinct judge on Election Day, was a former member of Lake Forest Country Club, Iroquois Boating & Fishing Club, and a member of the First Congregational Church of Hudson, having served as a trustee.
Mr. Lighthiser is survived by his wife, Bess; sons, James Lawrence (fiancée, Janice Taggart) Lighthiser, Jr. of Cuyahoga Falls, David Edward (wife, Jennifer) Lighthiser of York, Pa., and Steven Lighthiser of Eagle, Colo.; and grandchildren, Drew, Joshua and Victoria.
He is preceded in death by one brother, Edgar Lighthiser.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Hospice of Western Reserve, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland, OH 44110 or to the First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St., Hudson, OH 44236.
The family will receive friends Nov. 4 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Romito Funeral Home, 19 E. Main St. in Hudson.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on Nov. 5 at the First Congregational Church of Hudson, 47 Aurora St. in Hudson. Cremation to follow.
For more information or to sign the guestbook, go to www.johnsonromito.com.