Corliss A. LightnerIssue Date: June 28, 2018
Corliss (Cory) Allman Lightner, 88, of Oconto, passed away Sunday, June 24, 2018, with family by his side, with his son, Fr. Michael Lightner administering Apostolic Absolution and the Holy Eucharist.
Born Aug. 18, 1929, to Mel and Grace (Woolridge) Lightner in Barron, he attended schools in Barron, Salem, Oregon and Stevens Point, where he excelled in football, basketball and softball. Before graduating from Stevens Point Area Senior High School, he enlisted in the United States Army and was stationed in Japan during the post-war occupation and was a member of General Douglas MacArthur's Honor Guard.
He obtained the rank of Sergeant, commanding a squad of soldiers assigned to provide security for General MacArthur and his family. After service, he attended Central State Teachers College in Stevens Point. He later moved to Milwaukee where he met and married Joyce Trepanier on April 28, 1956 and she preceded him in death six years ago.
He was employed by the United States Postal Service and retired after 33 years of service. They owned and operated the Snack Shack/Cory's Country Cookin for 21 years.
He served as a member of the Oconto Unified School District Board of Education for nine years, coached St. Peter's grade school basketball team, leading them to their only city championship, was a member of the American Legion and the Knights of Columbus and was a Church Lector and communion distributor.
He and his wife maintained the Guadalupe Chapel in Oconto for 24 years. They traveled to many places around the world and went on many pilgrimages and Honor Guard reunions.
He enjoyed collecting stamps, coins, gardening and feeding birds, but mostly cherished time with family and friends, telling stories and making them laugh.
He is survived by six children, Gloria (Gene) Ryan , Naperville, Ill., Dr. Mel (Kelly) Lightner, Keshena, Linda (Jim) Gillan, Missoula, Mt., James Lightner, Lake Church, Cory John Lightner, Oconto and Fr. Michael Lightner, Niagara and seven grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by six brothers and sisters, Everett, Eldridge, Coral, Eleanor, Clarice and Colleen.
Friends may call at Holy Trinity Church in Oconto on Friday June, 29 from 9 a.m. until time of a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m., with Fr. Michael Lightner officiating. Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home of Oconto is assisting the family with arrangements.
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