Randolph Joseph Lightner
Erie - Randolph Joseph Lightner, 74, passed away Sept 20, 2021 at the Soldiers & Sailors Home in Erie, after a brief illness.
He was born October 12, 1946, in Indiana Pa. and was the son of the late Lisle (Pete), and Winona Lightner. Randy was a 1964 Graduate of Academy High School where he was in the Band and was a three-sport athlete. He attended Edinboro State College until enlisting in the US Army and served his Country in Seoul Korea. He returned to Edinboro and received a Degree in Biology. He was a Past President and loyal Brother of the Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity. Randy was well read with Sports and World History and in particular the Civil War. He loved to tell stories and loved his assignment as the Librarian at the Soldiers & Sailors Home where he resided.
Randy worked for the United State Postal Service until his retirement in 2009. His first love was playing Fastpitch Softball where he excelled as a Pitcher at several State Level Tournament Teams winning a State Championship in 1980. He later found his Second love in Pickleball and was instrumental in establishing the game at the East Side YMCA. He loved teaching newcomers the game. He partnered with his Brother Scott in the Pennsylvania State Pickleball Tournament in Pittsburgh in 2012 where they competed with the States finest.
He is survived by his son Kyle Lightner of Columbus, Ohio. Stepson Derek Zack of Columbus, Ohio. Brothers Scott (Jane), Gerry (Patty), and Todd. Sister Cindy Shields (Todd) all of Erie. Many cousins, nieces, and nephews as he is the Oldest Grandchild of the McAdoo, Glenn, and Lightner clans from Indiana County, and Erie.
The Slomski Funeral Home will be handling the arrangements. Due to Covid requirements there will not be any visitation to a Private Burial at the Soldiers and Sailors Home. There will be a Military Ceremony and a Celebration of Life on a date to be determined in the Spring. Our thanks to the Staff and Nurses at the St Vincent Cancer Center and their excellent care and comfort. Donations can be made on his behalf to EPPA, (Erie Pickleball Players Association), 4215 Caroline Dr, Erie, Pa 16509.
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