Bright, Raymond J. (July 10, 1915 - February 18, 1998)

Raymond Bright

Douglas Budget - February 25, 1998

Funeral services for Raymond J. Bright, 82, were Saturday, Feb. 21, at Converse Funeral Chapel in Douglas.

The Rev. Merrill Lanker of Congregational United Church of Christ officiated, and military graveside rites were conducted by Samuel Mares American Legion Post No. 8. Interment was in Douglas Park Cemetery.

Mr. Bright, a longtime resident of Douglas, died at his home Feb. 18.

Mr. Bright was born July 10, 1915, in Hobart, Okla., to John Henry and Laura Alice (Bowman) Bright. He was reared and educated in Hobart, living there until he joined the Army during World War II. After his discharge he traveled north to Nebraska to harvest with his brother. He farmed for his brother-in-law for several years.

He married Vera Jan Fahseler on Aug. 15, 1953, in Ogallala, Neb.

The Bright family was raised in Kimball, Neb., for 18 years. During his years in Kimball, Mr. Bright worked for Flint Engineering and Construction Company and raised livestock. He was transferred to Gaylord, Mich., in 1971 with FE & CC. In 1974 he was transferred to Douglas with FE & CC.

In the spring of 1978 he retired, and he and his wife bought the Kandy Coop, renaming it Bright's Cafe. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping, bingo and going to Deadwood, S.D.

Mr. Bright is survived by children George and wife Deb Bright of Sidney, Mont., Steven and wife Patty Bright also of Sidney, Carmella and husband Scott Lappin of Douglas, and Lue and husband Bill Gilk of Cheney, Wash.; brothers Olan Bright of Davis, Okla., Wayne Bright of Bridgeport, Neb., and Marvis Bright of May, Texas; grandchildren Jason, Jamie, Tara and Chad Bright, Nicole, Nathan and James Gilk, Jake Sheridan and April and Chris Lappin; and one great-grandson, Jory Schreder.

He was preceded in death by his wife Vera Jane Bright on Jan. 24, 1997; two infant sisters; two infant brothers; four brothers; and two sisters.

Serving as pallbearers will be Gordon Bright, Pat Mooney, LeeRay Edens, Art Oldham, Bruce Bright and Aaron Bright. Honorary pallbearers will be Brights Cafe customers, bingo friends and Jay and Doris Pittillo.

Memorials to NMC Homecare, 530 Oak Street in Douglas would be appreciated by the family.

Converse Funeral Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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