LIGHTNER, Robert L., 79, of Moundsville, WV, died Thursday, September 27, 2012 in Liza's Place, Wheeling, WV.
He was born September 2, 1933 in Moundsville, a son of the late Bernard and Hulda Maple Lightner.
Mr. Lightner was the retired Sheriff of Marshall County, the first and only sheriff to serve 16 years. He had served as the President of the WV Sheriff's Association, a Marshall County Magistrate, a Moundsville City Councilman, and a member of the WV State Democrat Executive Committee.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, serving form 1951-1955 during the Korean Conflict, and member of the 3345th Medical Squadron.
Bob was a lifetime member of the National Sheriff's Association, the American Legion, the Marshall County PTA and the Cameron VFD; a member of the Eagles Club #449, Ironworker's Local 549 of Wheeling, and the Moundsville Senior's Satellite, serving as past president and board member.
Sheriff Lightner received his professional training at the National Sheriff's Institute, the FBI Academy, the Traffic Institute, the Academy of Judicial Education and Advanced Jail Management.
Bob was the owner/operator of Lightner's Farm Market and Lightner's Septic Service, and a member of Temple Baptist Church, Moundsville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ronald Lightner; a sister, Coleen Richmond Lightner; a stepsister, Nellie Lilley.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Pettit Lightner; three children, Kim Lightner of Moundsville, Carolyn (Dan) Freeland of New Matamoras, OH and Robert H. Lightner of Moundsville; two stepchildren, Shawn Stout and Jay Stout; a granddaughter, whom he raised, Danielle Stout; two sisters, Patty (Ralph) Kelch of Moundsville and Dixie Frieling of Lansing, MI; eight grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received 6-8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Lutes & Kirby-Vance Chapel, 118 Grant Ave., Moundsville, where services are 11 a.m. Monday, October 1, 2012 with Pastor Jim Higginson officiating. Interment in Mt. Rose Cemetery, Moundsville.
The Marshall County Sheriff's Department will conduct services Sunday and military graveside honors will be presented by the Moundsville Honor Guard.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Marshall County Animal Shelter or Valley Hospice.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.altmeyer.com.