George R. Wightman, 83, of Avon Lake, formerly of Cleveland, passed away Wednesday, September 26, 2007 at the Veterans Hospital, Brecksville, following a lengthy illness. Mr. Wightman was born, November 27, 1923 in Cleveland and had lived in Avon Lake since 1948.
Mr. Wightman was a graduate of West Tech High School, Cleveland.
He was co founder of Avon Lake Sheet Metal where he worked from 1953 until his retirement in 1998. He was also a member of Sheet Metal Workers Union, Local 65 and 107.
He was a WWII, U.S. Army Veteran serving as a Corporal with the 422nd Infantry in the Battle of the Bulge and was a POW in Germany.
He was a member of Holy Spirit Church, Avon Lake and an original member of the Senior Shoremen Booster’s Club.
Mr. Wightman was a contributor to the Ohio Scottish Games, a fan of all Avon Lake sports, especially football, and an Avon Lake Little League Coach.
He was a member of American Legion Post 211, Avon Lake, the Avon Lake VFW Post 8796 and the Barbwire Buckeyes.
He enjoyed sailing and spending time with his grandchildren.
Mr. Wightman is survived by his wife of 60 years, Florence B. (Chmura), whom he married, May 3, 1947. Other survivors include sons, Michael Wightman (Melanie) of Lakewood, Daniel Wightman (Elsie) of Avon Lake, Gary Wightman (Maureen) of Avon Lake and Ralph Wightman (Susan) of Elkhart, IN; nine grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Alta (nee Gustenchleger) Wightman; and brothers, James Wightman, Jack Wightman, Bill Wightman and Ralph Wightman.
Services will be Monday, October 1, 2007 at Holy Spirit Church, 410 Lear Rd., Avon Lake at 10 A.M. Interment will follow in the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, Rittman, at 1 P.M. Fr. James H. Beatty of the Church will officiate.
Memorial Contributions may be forwarded to American Legion Post 211, 31972 Walker Rd., Avon Lake, OH 44012
Busch Funeral Home and Crematory Services handled local arrangements. For more information, to view an online memorial, or send a condolence, go to www.buschfuneral.com