Gen. Allen H. Light

It becomes my sad duty to report the passing of General Allen H. Light; the father of a close friend, and a fellow hunter and fisher.

Maj. Gen. Allen H. Light Jr. MYERSTOWN Major General Allen H. Light Jr., 76, of the ECC Retirement VillageAlbright Campus, Myerstown, formerly of 114 Becker Road, Myerstown, died Monday, February 20, 2006, at the retirement village. He was the husband of Dorothy M. (Klopp) Light. They were married 54 years on September 22. Born in Lebanon, Pa. on April 5, 1929, son of the late Allen H. and Amy E. (Shaak) Light. He was a 1947 graduate of South Lebanon High School. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, Pa., with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and from George Washington University, Washington, D.C., with a Master of Science degree in business and personnel management. He was also a graduate of numerous military schools. He served in the U.S. Army for 31 years including 11 years in Korea, Vietnam and West Germany, and retired in 1982 as a major general. He won numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. Upon his retirement from the military, he served as president of Scott Aviation, Buffalo, New York, retiring in 1989. He then owned and managed a 500 acre farm in Geneva, New York, retiring in 2002. He was a member of Tulpehocken UCC Church, Richland, Pa. He was a devoted servant of the Lord Jesus Christ. He served on the New York State Cabinet through the Geneva Camp of Gideons International before recently becoming active in the Lebanon East Camp. He was also a member of numerous service organizations. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his wife he is survived by four sons, retired Lt. Col. Allen J. Light of Carlisle, Pa., Col. Ronald N., husband of Beth Light of Sacramento, California, the Rev. Jeffrey D., husband of Theresa Light of Woodville, Virginia, Gregory J., husband of Lesley Light of Bensalem, Pa.; 11 grandchildren; three sisters, Betty Miller of Lebanon, Pa., Peg Martin of Lebanon, Pa., Helen Brush of Lebanon, Pa.; one brother, James F., husband of Judy Light of Myerstown, Pa.; several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. from Grose Funeral Home, 358 W. Washington Ave., Myerstown, Pa. Viewing Thursday at 10 a.m. Interment will be private at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Tulpehocken UCC, 961 Tulpehocken Road, Richland, PA 17087 or Gideons International, Lebanon East Camp, P.O. Box 134, Myerstown, PA 17067.

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  1. Larry McGinn says:

    It was my very great pleasure to have served with General Al Light at Seneca Army Depot, Romulus, NY, and again in the US Army V Corps, Frankfurt Germany. Al was always a pleasure to be around, gracious and kind to all, with a fine sense of humor. I once taught him an Irish-Gaelic toast, for use at ceremonies, and told him it meant “to your good health.” He used it for a few years at Seneca Army Depot. When I left, I told him what it REALLY meant, which was quite crude. Al was a very proper gentleman; he turned beet red, laughed a little hesitantly, and said “Oh no! I haven’t been saying THAT all these years, have I?” Yes, he had, but never again. He was a good man and I treasure the memory of him.

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