Gary Wayne Light, age 70, was lifted by God’s arms to rest (for He only takes the best) on July 25th, 2021. While at home with his wife, Kris, and the family dog, Josie, at his feet, he was freed from his earthly bonds. May his soul rest in peace.
Gary was born on December 11th, 1950, to Kenneth and Mary (Prather) Light, in Somerset, KY, and he graduated from Ben Davis High School. He was a varsity gymnast, played baseball, and even participated in tryouts for the Indianapolis Indians, where he secured a position as shortstop, along with part-time pitcher. His dreams were cut short when his draft number came up and he was taken by the United States Army.
He began active duty in 1970 in Germany at the isolated Hercules missile base. There, he was known by the nickname of Lightfoot, and his job as a soldier was to carry warheads to the missiles on the launchpad. In 1972, he returned to the U.S., and spent the remainder of his reserve time training as a carpenter. On July 4th, 1974, he married Kristina Bymaster while he was attending technical school to become a tool-and-die maker. He was hired by Allison Transmission at plant #3 in their tool room, and during that time, he became a member of local union 933. He was a hard worker and spent 31 years at Allison until he retired in 2009.
Gary became a father in 1979 when his son, Josh, was born, whom he shared all his skills and knowledge with. Gary also enjoyed handcrafting knives and darts, which he called ‘Light-Flights, and became known for amongst friends and family.
Gary had a big heart and a deep soul as he loved his family and they loved him back. He spent a lot of time at the lake with family and friends, and never knew a stranger as he was always helping others who were in need. His outdoor activities, which are too numerous to mention them all, included coaching baseball at Brownsburg Park for his son’s team. His very presence around you would make you smile, and even though he had a low voice, it was accompanied by a big smile. You could tell right away he was from the south when he spoke. Honest, loyal, frank, and sincere would be the words to describe him.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Kenneth and Mary, and is survived by his wife, Kristina Ann; their son, Joshua Adam Light; Josh’s dog of almost 15 years, Josie Sophia; his brother, Kenny Light, and his nephew, Michael Light. Gary also had many other family members and friends who loved him and will miss him dearly.
A Celebration of Life will be held in his honor on September 11th, 2021, at 11:00 AM. Come join us at Williams Park, 940 S. Locust Ln. Brownsburg, IN 46112, at Shelter House #1. The flag ceremony will be held at the parking entrance on the right in the first lot. The walkway that leads to the Vietnam Veterans area is where the Hendricks County Honor Guard and the United States Army will show their appreciation, along with Danny Nilson for prayers and honors. Gary’s final resting place will be in Brownsburg Cemetery.
“Life ain’t fair because of what you sacrifice when a soldier dies.”
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