Jeffrey Leonard Lightner
1965 - 2020
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Jeffrey Leonard Lightner

Jeffrey "Jeff" Leonard Lightner, age 55, born in Chillicothe, Missouri and a longtime resident of Nokomis, FL, passed away on Monday, March 30, 2020, at Tidewell Hospice, Venice, Florida. Jeff was born the son of Roy "Buck" and Naomi (Wilson) Lightner on January 1, 1965, in Chillicothe, Missouri. He was a 1983 Chillicothe High School graduate. Jeff went on to play football while attending NE Missouri State (now Truman College). He was united in marriage to Kristine (Montgomery) Lightner on May 25, 1990 in Chillicothe. She survives of the home along with their son, Colton, and daughter, Rachel. Jeff was a member of the local youth baseball community in Venice, FL. He won Venice Little League's coveted City Cup in 2004 and 2007 as the manager of Babe's Hardware. He also coached the 2005 Babe's team to a County Cup Championship. Jeff managed the Venice Pythons youth travel baseball team from 2003 to 2009 - winning numerous tournaments while preparing local youth talent for the high school ranks. Additionally, Jeff coached his daughter, Rachel, in a variety of sports-including basketball and softball. He loved to fish, hunt, and spend time with his family (dogs included). Jeff also enjoyed spending time with his work family at McIntyre, Elwell, & Strammer (ME&S) General Contractors, Inc. He worked as a carpenter at the Lake of the Ozarks before moving to Sarasota, FL. and joining ME&S in 1989. Coming on as one of the first few employees, Jeff's ME&S Construction career spanned over thirty years. He was the superintendent of many large projects across the Southeast United States, primarily building Publix Grocers, Bealls Dept. Stores, and Whole Foods Markets.

Survivors include wife Kristine Lightner of the home; one son, Colton Lightner and one daughter, Rachel Lightner of Nokomis, FL; one brother-in-law, Mike Smith of Sarasota, FL; two sister-in-laws, Lovie Lightner of Chillicothe, Mo and Jill Smith of Sarasota, FL; one mother-in-law, Linda Montgomery of Nokomis, FL; three Aunts, Judy and Richard Wilson, Hellen Ann DeWitt, and Estelle Donelson whom all reside in Chillicothe, MO; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters, Brenda Hicks, Debbie Lightner, and Dana Lightner; one brother, James "Jim" Lightner; and one father-in-law, James Montgomery.

A Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a future date. Jeff wished for a gathering of friends and family where stories are shared and smiles are plentiful.

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Published in Chillicothe News on Apr. 7, 2020.
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April 20, 2020
RIP Coach Jeff. We had some good times coaching baseball together and I will miss you every day. Good friend that will always be remembered. Condolences to Kristi, Colton, and Rachel.
John Truelove
April 20, 2020
Jeff will be missed deeply by the Atwell family,Jeff was not only a great coach and mentor to our son Tyler,but also became a wonderful friend,We have so many great memories of Jeff and his family ,The Times we went dirt biking,football games,and the trip to North Carolina.We will greatly miss a good friend,but his memories will live on.Our prayers are with the Lightner family.
James Atwell
April 16, 2020
Kristy, Im so sorry for your loss! God Bless you and your family. Jeff was way too young! . Ill be thinking about your family. Lots of prayers!
Paula Reeter-Kinnamon
April 15, 2020
We are deeply saddened by the news of Jeff's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Words are of no help in expressing the sorrow we feel. The Shambora Family
April 13, 2020
Jeff was a colleague, mentor and most importantly a friend. Jeff was, and always will be, one of the best builders I have ever known. He and I spent countless hours going over details and he always wanted to make sure his projects were perfect. I will miss those times. On a personal level, Jeff was the one person that you could always count on to be there when you needed him, for anything, even if it was a good story. Jeff will be missed for many reasons, too many to count. Kristie, Colton and strong in his time for each other and know that he will always be watching out for you, just like he always has.
Charles Hasiak
April 12, 2020
You were a great guy rest in peace.
tom chenoweth
April 11, 2020
Christy Were so sorry to hear this. Jeff was a wonderful person , So funny we will miss him our thoughts and prayers are with you , Colton and Rachael . We Love you guys Rose and Edward
April 11, 2020
In memory of a wonderful person. We will miss you always.
Virginia Catron
April 10, 2020
Jeff was a great guy. I used to help clean the Townhouse Restaurant with him when we were in school. He also tried to teach me how to drive a stick shift in his precious Camero. He quickly regretted that!!! Hahaha. My thoughts are with his family during this difficult time.
Toby Saale
April 10, 2020
This is such sad news. Jeff was a friend and classmate . Prayers for his soul and to the Lightner family.
Tony Trinidad
April 10, 2020
Jeff. We had some good times. Running together in your mustang, hauling hay,cleaning the restaurant. Im so glad for the life and love for you and Kristi. You're a good memory. Rest well my dear friend
April 10, 2020
Uncle Jeff you were a great person inside and out, rest in peace and fly high with your family up there..
Stephanie Petty
April 9, 2020
It is painful to even believe this is true! I'm so thankful our paths crossed. You were a beautiful person, inside and out. I've missed seeing you and your wonderful family. I have so many fun, fond memories of you, baseball, Bogey's,traveling, with you, the boys and your family. I will cherish every fun memory and laughs were shared. I will miss you. Love, Cindi
Cindi T
April 8, 2020
I have a lot of great memories of you my friend. God bless and rest in peace
Clayton Long
April 8, 2020
Beloved friend you will be missed by us. We have known very few in this world that possessed the peace, love, compassion, patience, and tolerance that Jeff exuded each and every time we encountered him. Our lives have been enhanced and have greatly benefited from his presence. We thank God for putting him and his family in our path. Our heart felt condolences and prayers go out to his wife, his children, family and friends. The world has lost a kind and gentle man, husband, father and friend. Rest in peace Jeff.
May God have mercy upon your soul and may those very same mercies fall upon his family, friends and all Gods children.
David Croft
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