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Gary L. Light

July 20, 1937-October 20, 2013

Passed away on Sunday Oct. 20 peacefully in his home after a long illness. He was a husband, father, grandfather, loyal friend business leader and mentor to so many.

Gary was born in St. Johns, MI to Edward and Margaret Light. He graduated from St. Johns (MI) High School in 1955. He then served in the United States Navy form 1955 to 1958. After his military service, he attended Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI where he graduated in 1962.

Gary's business leadership and accomplishments are perhaps what he is best known for. He was a Certified Public Accountant for Arthur Anderson & Co. from 1962-1973. He served as Chief Financial Officer for Mayflower Transit, Inc. from 1973-1987 where he oversaw them going public. He then served as Chief Financial Officer for Medtronic Sofamor Danek USA, again overseeing them becoming a public company. In recent years, he served as a trusted advisor, mentor and consultant for many organizations including part owner and CEO at Bear Slide Golf Club in Cicero, IN.

Gary was very active as a leader in the Indianapolis Community as well. Among his associations was The Junto of Indianapolis since 1981 and Meridian Hills Country Club and many other philanthropic organizations.

He was an avid golfer and passionate Indianapolis Colts Fan. And everyone who knew Gary, knew how much he loved his dog Riley.

Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years Janet; sons,(Paul, Mark and Michael; daughters-in-law, Angela Light and Jamie Light; brother, Eddie Light of St. Johns, MI; sister, Helen Oullette of East Tawas, MI; eight grandchildren, Brenden, Tyler, Shane, Alexandra, Margo, Stefani, Aaron and Jaxon and one great-grandchild, Joslyn.

He was predeceased by his mother and father, Edward and Margaret Light; brother, James Light; sister, Irene Paine and daughter-in-law, Julie Light.

Family and friends will gather on Wednesday, October 23rd from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary Crem atory Nora Chapel , with a Mass of Christian Burial celebrated on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church.

You are invited to visit: where you may share a personal memory of Gary, sign the guestbook or arrange a memorial contribution to the Simon Cancer Center.

Published in the The Indianapolis Star on Oct. 22, 2013
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