Richard B. Lightfoot
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AGE: 93 • Somerset
Richard B. Lightfoot, Sr. died Thursday, December 27, 2012, at his home in Somerset. He was 93. Born in New Brunswick, he had lived in Somerset for the past 60 years. He had worked for Triangle Conduit & Cable for 35 years before retiring in 1981 and was a member of the Pioneer Club of Triangle. He had been a member of Emanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in New Brunswick for 65 years. One of the original members of VFW Post #9111 in South Brunswick where he served as the first chaplain, and a member of the American Legion Post #1000 in Trenton, he had served in the US Army 44th Division during peacetime and then rejoined in the 147th Infantry Division as a Corporal technician during World War II. He served his country in Iwo Jima as an attachment to the 3rd Marines, Guadalcanal, Emeru and Okinawa and was awarded a commendation in the war against Japan for volunteering for front line duty. He had also been awarded the Infantry Combat Badge and the Infantry Expert Rifle medal. He had been a member of the Franklin Special Police in the 1930's, was a State Game Deputy Warden in the 1940's, was a member of the Franklin Park Senior Citizens and was one of the first members of the Franklin Park Fire Department. An avid fisherman, he was also a member of the Fishing Club of America.
He was predeceased by his first wife Doris Grosser Lightfoot in 1994 and by a son Richard Lightfoot, Jr. and a daughter Kathleen Ann Lightfoot. Surviving are his wife Janet Seaman Lightfoot; his son Brian Lightfoot of Royal Palm Beach, Florida; three stepchildren - Debra Reichert of Pittstown, David Perrine of South Brunswick and Donna LaRue of Pittston, Pennsylvania; a sister Margaret Livinski of South River; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Visitation will be Monday from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at Selover Funeral Home, 555 Georges Road, North Brunswick followed by an 11:30 AM service at Emanuel Lutheran Church in New Brunswick. Burial will follow in Cedar Grove Cemetery in the Middlebush section of Franklin Township. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, Kirkpatrick and New Streets, New Brunswick, NJ 08901.
Published in Home News Tribune on Dec. 28, 2012